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Batsani-Ncube, Innocent (2021) 'Governing from the opposition?’: tracing the impact of EFF’s ‘niche populist politics’ on ANC policy shifts.' Africa Review, 13 (2). pp. 199-216.

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In December 2017, South Africa’s ruling party, the ANC, announced that they will adopt expropriation of land without compensation and free higher education for 90% of students. These policy positions had been associated with the radical left-wing EFF party. This article asks whether the EFF influenced the ANC policy shifts and if they did, how? Leveraging Williams (2006)’s theory of peripheral party impact and the process tracing method, the study finds evidence of EFF direct causal contribution on ANC policy shift on land reform and strong grounds for inferring indirect influence of the EFF on ANC policy shift on higher education funding. Data sources included policy documents, manifestos, speeches by ANC and EFF political leaders and parliamentary motions. The study contributes to the literature on peripheral party impact and understanding populism in Africa.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: South Africa; EFF; ANC; peripheral party; policy shift; populism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia)
ISSN: 09744061
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 16:42

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