Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism? The role of business in South Africa offers an insightful and balanced account of how the business sector - and particularly organised business - has influenced South Africa's political and socio-economic trajectory over the years, and what it will take for the key actors - politicians and business and labour leaders - to find a new sense of (common) purpose in the post-Zuma era. Recent years have seen organised business in South Africa (represented by organisations such as Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and the Black Business Council (BBC)) become fragmented and unnecessarily competitive, with national, provincial and/or local multi-sectoral bodies often having overlapping or conflicting interests and mandates. In the process, the once powerful `voice of business' has become considerably weaker. What has gone wrong, and can order be re-established?
Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism? is the work of prominent economist, business spokesperson of many years and currently a professor at the North-West University School of Business and Governance, Raymond Parsons. Given his lengthy tenure in the organised business sector in South Africa and his keen grasp of the influence of politics on economic performance, and vice versa.