Class Fraction Perspectives on the Conflicting EPA Issues

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


This chapter draws on the previous class analysis and the identified conflicting EPA issues in the EU–SADC EPA. Central here are the perspectives of the capitalist class fractions, the political elite, the working classes and the economic state apparatuses on the major issues within the arena of trade in goods, trade in services and investment and deep integration. The investigation reveals that there was a class compromise (although it was unspoken) in South Africa which resulted in the rejection of the EPA in this specific case.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Claar
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  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany

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