Thabo Mbeki’s World
This book draws on the formidable analytical capabilities of writers who offer critical perspectives of the globally dominant neo-liberal order, and Mbeki’s place in that world. The result is a series of fascinating and provocative insights into the Mbeki presidency and its political character. The book firstly explores Thabo Mbeki from an ideological perspective. Is there a central strand of thinking that informs his politics and his policy-making? It is of great significance how Mbeki builds, fortifies and interacts with his core base and his most important constituencies, especially in and around the ANC-led ruling alliance. Secondly, it argues that it is important to understand Mbeki in order to grasp how the South African government operates post-1999. An impressive mythology envelops Thabo Mbeki, Nelson Mandela’s successor to the South African presidency. But key questions arise: Does he have an ideology? If so, what informs it, and how does it translate into practice? Has Mbeki managed to capture and articulate a clear vision, and a sense of collective values? Does he offer the leadership South Africa needs? This book offers critical perspectives of the globally dominant neo-liberal order, and Mbeki’s place in that world.