The changing economic and social policy-making of the African National Congress

The ANC’s policy mission, to establish a redistributive social democratic welfare state, was undermined by the lack of a convincing economic policy framework or egregiously misguided thinking. Confronting those choices could meaningfully contribute to a societal recalibration – a ‘good society’ that South Africans still hold out for.

Vishnu Padayachee and Robert van Niekerk of the University of Witwatersrand, and authors of Shadow of Liberation: Contestation and Compromise in the Economic and Social Policy of the African National Congress, 1943-1996, will discuss their insights into the ANC’s policy shifts in the early years of democracy.