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Title: A Piece of the Pie
Subtitle: The Battle over Nationalisation
Author: Tim Cohen
Publisher: Johnathan Ball
Cape Town / Johannesburg, South Africa, 2012
ISBN 9781868425174 / ISBN 978-1-86842-517-4
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 180 pages
Nationalisation: Swear word for some, cure-all for others both within and outside the ruling party. Tim Cohen, a senior journalist with many years experience in both political and business reporting, traces the emergence of calls for nationalisation in South African politics. It is a subject which has become the most fiercely argued and passionate economic debate of modern-day South African politics. This is particularly so since the call for nationalisation is so closely associated with the emergence of the controversial Julius Malema, although the policy also has strong support from within the trade union movement.
A Piece of the Pie: The Battle over Nationalisation offers a short, accessible overview of the political and economic debate surrounding nationalisation that emerged within the African National Congress after the 2010 general election. It traces the history of nationalisation and privatisation both locally and internationally and discusses the economic and political arguments that have made it such a topical and contentious issue in local politics. This book is an attempt to understand nationalisation more completely in order to enrich the ongoing debate.
Content: A Piece of the Pie. The Battle over Nationalisation
Acronyms and Abbreviations
The delicate art of debating Malema
The ANC Youth League's clarion call for nationalisation
Nationalisation and the global economy in the Very noughties'
Nelson Mandela and nationalisation
Nationalisation and the Freedom Charter
Those damn Boers: the roots of economic nationalism
Those damn free radicals: the origins of the economic schism in the ANC
The ANC Youth League's proposal - and why it made it
The ANC and the inconvenient nationalisation gauntlet
Crazy, crazy, crazy: the response of business, the SACP and black miners
The Sims report: a different kind of slice
Finding its feet: business discovers it has a sotto voce
The good, the bad and the ugly: when and how does nationalisation work?
Why nationalisation? And where to from here?
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