The African National Congress and participatory democracy : from people's power to public policy
- Heidi Brooks.
- Cham, Switzerland : This Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature, 
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- xvi, 244 pages ; 22 cm.
- Theories, concepts and practices of democracy.
- Brooks, Heidi, author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 1. Introduction: A Battle of Ideas 1.1. The Intertwining of Movement and Democracy1.2. South Africa's Landscape of Participatory Traditions1.3. Approaching the Study of Ideas1.4. The Role of Theory in Shaping Democracy1.5. Currents of Participation and their Intellectual Origins1.6. The ANC's Theory of Participatory Democracy
- 2. Participation in the History of ANC Democratic Thought2.1. From Conservative Liberalism to African Nationalism2.2. Participation through Mass Movement Politics 2.3. Revolutionary Theory and the Popular Role2.4. Conclusion
- 3. Discourses of 'People's Power'3.1. The Context for a Popular Movement3.2. Themes and Ideas in the Conception of 'People's Power'3.3. Ideologues and Influences 3.4. Implications for Participatory Democracy
- 3.5. Conclusion
- 4. The People Shall Govern: The Codification of Ideas4.1 Participation and Constitutionalism4.2. Participation and the Local4.3. Conclusion
- 5. Post-1994 Policy and Movement Discourse5.1. Participatory Policy in New Local Government5.2 Participation in Movement Discourse5.3. Conceptual Tensions and Parallels5.4 Conclusion
- 6. Conclusion: The Power of Ideas6.1. Vanguardism and Democracy.
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This book examines the development of democratic thought in the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, with a focus on the movement's ideas about participatory democracy. It makes particular reference to two key periods: the 1980s 'people's power' movement and the subsequent years of policy formulation from 1990 when the ANC began to design and implement a system of participatory democracy alongside a representative government. Through the examination of historic documents and in-depth interviews with former ANC activists, government officials and those involved in policy development, the author explores the inspiration for the party's commitment to establishing participatory democracy. The book combines democratic theory and political and intellectual history to look at the role of popular participation as part of a broader trajectory of the ANC's democratic thought. It critically engages with concepts used in the party's participatory discourse with a view to deepening our understanding of how ideas have shaped the construction of South Africa's democracy.
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