International Trade Policy and Class Dynamics in South Africa

The Economic Partnership Agreement

  • Simone Claar

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Simone Claar
    Pages 1-36
  3. South Africa’s Political Economy

  4. South Africa’s Class Relations in Economic and Trade Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Simone Claar
      Pages 129-144
    3. Simone Claar
      Pages 145-164
  5. Reconstructing the Process: South Africa’s Classes and the Economic Partnership Agreement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Simone Claar
      Pages 223-237
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-244

About this book


This book provides an innovative perspective on class dynamics in South Africa, focussing specifically on how economic and trade policy have shaped the interests of two strands of the South African population. As an emerging market, South African political and economic actions are subject to the attention of international trade policy. Claar provides an in-depth class analysis of the contradictory negotiation processes that occurred between South Africa and the European Union on Economic-Partnership Agreements (EPA), examining the divergent roles played by the political and economic elite, and the working class. The author considers their relationships with the new global trade agenda, as well as their differing standpoints on the EPA.


International Political Economy historical materialist policy analysis (HMPA) Trade policy National class relations Historical materialism Hegemony Capitalism Global South Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Minerals-Energy Complex Business Unity South Africa the Black Business Council the Democratic Alliance EU–SADC EPA neo-Poulantzian framework Class dynamics South Africa Economic Policy Emerging Markets Working class

Authors and affiliations

  • Simone Claar
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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