The renaissance factor in South Africa and the changing landscape of African Regional Governance (1999-2008)

The renaissance factor in South Africa and the changing landscape of African Regional Governance (1999-2008)

Author: 
Nzewi, Ogochukwu
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2015
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Journal Title: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies : Multi-Inter- and Transdiciplinarity
Source: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 2015, pp. 25-46
Abstract: 

This article examines a likely South African hegemony in Africa between 1999 and 2008. Hegemony is admittedly difficult to define in African regionalism studies, as it is counter intuitive to Pan-Africanism discourse. However, this article aims to show that hegemony can be a credible argument in explaining the South African driven changes that occurred in African regionalism between 1999 and 2008. The article locates key characteristics which underpin arguments of South African hegemony during the study timeline. It argues that Thabo Mbeki's governance philosophy of African renaissance was the central piece of South African Africa foreign policy that distinguishes this period from any other before or after it. By establishing hegemonic credibility in South Africa's interaction with Africa in this period, the article demonstrates how South Africa was able to contribute to transformational governance changes in Africa. This also holds lessons for South African regional ascendancy in the future.

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CITATION: Nzewi, Ogochukwu. The renaissance factor in South Africa and the changing landscape of African Regional Governance (1999-2008) . : Taylor & Francis , 2015. International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1, June 2015, pp. 25-46 - Available at: http://library.au.int/renaissance-factor-south-africa-and-changing-landscape-african-regional-governance-1999-2008-1