State-civil society relations in post-apartheid South Africa

SOURCE: State of the nation: South Africa 2003-2004
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): A.Habib
SOURCE EDITOR(S): J.Daniel, A.Habib, R.Southall
KEYWORDS: CIVIL SOCIETY, POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, STATE INTERVENTION
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrcpublishers.ac.za/full_title_info.asp?id=2055
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Abstract

This chapter is divided into tree separate sections. The first, which serves as a backdrop to the analysis, describes the set of relations between the state and civil society agencies in the apartheid era. This is followed by a description of the initiatives undertaken by the state, sometimes independently and at other times at the instance of other actors, to redefine the post-apartheid civil society arena. The chapter then analysis how different civil-society actors have responded to these initiatives and to the challenges of the post-apartheid moment, and how this had informed their relations with the state. Finally, the conclusion reflects on current assessments of, and advances the author's view on contemporary state-civil society relations in South Africa.