Poverty and Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa

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Haroon Bhorat, S. M. Ravi Kanbur
HSRC Press, 2006 - History - 471 pages
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This authoritative volume explores poverty and labor market issues over the first decade of democracy in South Africa. It is an attempt by leading South African scholars—supplemented by the work of international scholars working on South Africa—to take stock of the first post-apartheid decade, to assess the evolution of poverty, inequality, human needs, and unemployment, and to relate this evolution to the policy stances and interventions of the first government elected freely by all South Africans. Based on this assessment, the individual papers and the overview chapter draw implications for policy in the second post-apartheid decade.

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What a well researched and informative collection. I can't wait to have my print book. I was really motivated to go further with my studies on the influence of apartheid on the current socio-economic context.


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About the author (2006)

\Haroon Bhorat is the director of the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics and a commissioner on the South African Financial and Fiscal Commission. Ravi Kanbur is the T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, international professor of applied economics and management, and professor of economics at Cornell University.

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