Dominance and Decline takes stock of the Zuma-led administration and its impact on the African national Congress (AnC).
Combining hard-hitting arguments with astute analysis Booysen shows how the ANC has become centered on the personage of Zuma, and how defense of his flawed leadership undermines the party's capacity to govern competently and protect its long-term future.
Following on from her first book, The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Power (2011), Booysen's principle argument is that the state is failing as the president's interests supersede those of party and state. Organisationally, the ANC has become a hegemon riven by faction, while the Zuma ANC oversees the implosion of the tripartite alliance and decimation of the youth, women's and veterans' leagues.
Electorally, the ANC has been ceding ground to increasingly assertive opposition parties.
The ANC falters on the policy front as it regurgitates old ideas and renews and implements these insufficiently.
As Zuma's replacements start competing and succession politics take shape, the book considers whether the ANC will be able to recover from the damage wrought under Zuma's reign.
Ultimately, Booysen asserts, the damage is irrevocable though the electorate may still reward the ANC for transcending the Zuma years.
This is a must-have reference book on the development of the modern ANC.
With rigour and incisive ness, Booysen persuasively analyses the cataclysmic period under Zuma and offers scholars and researchers a coherent framework for considering future patterns in the ANC.