Manufacturing capital and the apartheid state: The case of industrial decentralisation

Show simple item record Glaser, Daryl 2010-09-16T12:11:59Z 2010-09-16T12:11:59Z 1987-08
dc.description African Studies Seminar series. Paper presented August, 1987 en_US
dc.description.abstract The relationship between manufacturing capital and the policies of the post-war apartheid state has become a focal point of contention in debates between "conventional" and "revisionist" analyses. A growing corpus of literature from both camps now recognises that organised mining and agricultural capital collaborated, both before and after the war, in establishing many of the institutions of labour and political control today associated with apartheid. But accounts diverge widely when it comes to the role of manufacturing capital. Liberals have conventionally viewed the interests of manufacturing with its frequent demand for semi-skilled, settled, occupationally and geographically mobile labour, and for an expanded domestic market, as incompatible with the restrictive and coercive labour regime of apartheid. Marxist writers of the early 1970s challenged this orthodox view, arguing that apartheid played a functional and supportive role in South Africa's generally impressive record of post-war industrial growth. More recently, Greenberg and Lipton have argued that manufacturing capital has little vested interest in post-war structures of racial domination. Lipton, reasserting the old liberal orthodoxy, argues that secondary industry actively opposed apartheid; Greenberg portrays industry as passively conforming to its strictures. The following study of struggles between capital and the state over industrial decentralisation policy since World War II takes issue with these various accounts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Studies Institute;ISS 161
dc.subject Industrial policy. South Africa en_US
dc.subject Capital. Political aspects. South Africa en_US
dc.subject Apartheid. Economic aspects. South Africa en_US
dc.title Manufacturing capital and the apartheid state: The case of industrial decentralisation en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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