South Africa's neoliberal turn: The localisation, adaption, and evolution of international ideas

Date of Completion

January 2008


Political Science, General|Political Science, International Law and Relations




The project examines how ideas are adopted and adapted by states. The project is both theoretical and empirical. It discusses South Africa's gradual adoption of market based development policies in light of theories on how ideas are diffused internationally. The project argues that an analysis of the interaction of domestic and international actors in different contexts (levels of analysis) will yield a more thorough understanding of how this transition occurs. That South Africa neither wholly adopted market ideas nor rejected them but rather created hybrid policies and discourse is of theoretical importance.^