Rebuilding state systems post-GFC: The South African case

Laurence Boulle

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Economic globalisation has occasioned several paradoxes for contemporary state systems. On the one hand it has deprived them of domestic policy space, a result both of legal instruments having delegated to international institutions significant areas of national sovereignty and of market pressures having necessitated state compliance with global economic norms. On the other hand the gaps and inconsistencies in the governance of globalisation have required the retention, and in some areas the strengthening, of state systems to fill the spaces in the legal infrastructure on which it depends (Boulle, 2010). All state systems are affected by these contradictory impulses, but in different ways and in varying degrees. In some countries there has been virtual surrender by a state of the levers of economic, monetary and fiscal policy, while in others the state has retained relatively strong supervision over these mechanisms. The global financial crisis (GFC) has contributed to the contradictory tendencies of the globalisation project in respect of state systems. This chapter examines some implications of the GFC for the South African state system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State
EditorsJohn Farrar, David G Mayes
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Chapter3
Pages42-71
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781781009420
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Africa
Global financial crisis
Globalization
Economic policy
Economic globalization
Sovereignty
Economics
International institutions
Governance
Supervision
Paradox
Impulse
Inconsistency
Monetary and fiscal policy

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Boulle, L. (2013). Rebuilding state systems post-GFC: The South African case. In J. Farrar, & D. G. Mayes (Eds.), Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State (pp. 42-71). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781009437.00011
Boulle, Laurence. / Rebuilding state systems post-GFC: The South African case. Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State. editor / John Farrar ; David G Mayes. Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013. pp. 42-71
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Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State. ed. / John Farrar; David G Mayes. Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013. p. 42-71.

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