n Journal for Contemporary History - Regime transition in South Africa - liberation oligarchical tendencies?

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



The important question now is: Where is the second transition (in other words the post-Polokwane epoch) taking South Africa? Is the country moving away from polyarchy and approaching "a type of hegemony" as part of a larger regime transition to a possible oligarchy? The terra incognita of 2010 and further has to be explored urgently. With this in view a deductive theoretical model will indicate the direction of the second regime transition. Central concepts and structures to be included in this part of the article are complex systems, parties and party systems, as well as neopatrimonialism. The theoretical model will secondly be applied to the post-Polokwane South Africa.

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