ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 2, ISSUE : 4, October-December, 2014 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
GEOGRAPHICAL IMPORTANCE AND DOMINANCE OF SOUTH AFRICA IN SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC)
Gayettri Dixit
 
ABSTRACT
South Africa is socially and economically most developed country in the African continent especially in the financial services, transport, infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture and technological research. South Africa joined the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) as founding member in 1980 . South Africa has greater control over the economies of neighboring countries in the SADC and also exercises hegemony within the region. It has demonstrated the main critical dimensions attributable to hegemon states, for instance, that of military, economic status, technology and infrastructure. The present study has argued that South Africa’s hegemony is increasingly becoming benign rather than belligerent since the prevailing circumstances do not warrant the existence of the latter. The involvement of South Africa in the structures and its pioneering leadership inhibit the potential to exhibit the gross hegemonic behaviour. The paper argues evolution of South Africa into a benign hegemon within the SADC .
 
KEYWORD
Export, hegemonic behaviour , Southern African Development Community(SADC).
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