Revolutionaries in Power: The Evolution of the African National Congress

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African Studies | International and Area Studies | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This research on the African National Congress (ANC) is done in the context of the question of what happens when a revolutionary, rebel movement succeeds in taking state power. It is now 13 years since 1994, when as the result of national elections negotiated with the former National Party (NP) rulers, the ANC took the reins of governmental power. This analysis will place the challenges of the ANC in the context of rebel movements in Latin America that have taken power and it will address several theoretical questions.