1st Edition

Ownership and Governance of Companies
Essays from South Africa and the Global South

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ISBN 9780367760113
June 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Apartheid South Africa was often thought to run in the interests of the business elite. Yet twenty years after apartheid, those business interests remain largely entrenched. Why? Did the South African business community play a role in engineering this outcome – perhaps recognising the apartheid era was over, and jumping ship in time? Conversely, the mission of the ANC was widely perceived to be to shift wealth and power into the hands of the whole community. Yet despite ‘black empowerment’ measures, corporate ownership remains largely in white hands – and certainly in the hands of an elite few, even though no longer restricted to whites.

This picture is replicated across the global south, where corporate ownership tends to be concentrated in the hands of an elite, rather than being more democratically spread. Why have alternative corporate forms not been pursued more vigorously, with ownership in the hands of customers, employees, and local communities? In the case of South Africa, where the majority of customers and employees are black, this could have delivered on the ANC’s mission to replace the apartheid era with a democratic one – in terms of wealth, incomes and power, as well as in terms of voting and civic rights. This edited volume explores all these questions and looks at ways to align corporate forms with economic and social goals.

The chapters in this book were originally published as special issues of International Review of Applied Economics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to align corporate forms with economic and social goals?

Jonathan Michie and Vishnu Padayachee

Part I: South African business in the transition to democracy

1. South African business in the transition to democracy

Jonathan Michie and Vishnu Padayachee

2. From a developmental to a regulatory state? Sasol and the conundrum of continued state support

Pamela Mondliwa and Simon Roberts

3. The spread and internationalisation of South African retail chains and the implications of market power

Reena Das Nair

4. Surviving in the BRICS: the struggle of South African business in coping with new partners and investors

N. Wenzel, B. Freund and O. Graefe

5. South African manufacturing firms in transition

David Francis, Gareth Roberts and Imraan Valodia

6. The global ambitions of the biometric anti-bank: Net1, lockin and the technologies of African financialisation

Keith Breckenridge

7. Laying the table: the role of business in establishing competition law and policy in South Africa

Jonathan Klaaren

8. Collective counterveilence as a deterrent to entry: A reconsideration of the factors limiting competition in post-Apartheid South Africa

Nobantu L. Mbeki

9. "Volkskapitalisme" in the transition to democracy and beyond

Vishnu Padayachee and Jannie Rossouw

10. Steinhoff collapse: a failure of corporate governance

Jannie Rossouw and James Styan

Part II: Alternative forms of ownership and control in the global south

11. Alternative forms of ownership and control in the global south

Jonathan Michie and Vishnu Padayachee

12. Pitfalls of participation: explaining why a strike followed unprecedented employee dividend pay-outs at a South African mine

Andries Bezuidenhout, Christine Bischoff and John Mashaya

13. Anglo-American corporation and corporate restructuring in post-apartheid South Africa

Seeraj Mahomed

14. Benefit corporations for Africa? A South African perspective on alternative corporate forms

Jonathan Klaaren

15. Producer collectives through self-help: sustainability of small tea growers in India

Debdulal Saha

16. Board remuneration, directors’ ownership and corporate performance: the South African evidence

Tesfaye T. Lemma, Mthokozisi Mlilo and Tendai Gwatidzo

17. The Uberisation of work: the challenge of regulating platform capitalism. A commentary

Edward Webster

18. Why did the ANC fail to deliver redistribution? A Review of Shadow of Liberation by Vishnu Padayachee and Robert van Niekerk (Wits University Press: Johannesburg, 2019)

Jonathan Michie

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Jonathan Michie is Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of the Witwatersrand. He Chairs the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.

Vishnu Padayachee is Distinguished Professor and Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron Chair in Development Economics, in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His books include Shadow of Liberation: Contestation and Compromise in the Economic and Social Policy of the ANC, with Robert Van Niekerk.