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After Apartheid: Reinventing South Africa?

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Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country’s history. That definitive and peaceful transition from apartheid is often cited as a model for others to follow. The new order has since survived several transitions of ANC leadership, and it averted a potentially destabilizing constitutional crisis in 2008. Yet enormous challenges remain. Poverty and inequality are among the highest in the world. Staggering ...

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Overview

Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country’s history. That definitive and peaceful transition from apartheid is often cited as a model for others to follow. The new order has since survived several transitions of ANC leadership, and it averted a potentially destabilizing constitutional crisis in 2008. Yet enormous challenges remain. Poverty and inequality are among the highest in the world. Staggering unemployment has fueled xenophobia, resulting in deadly aggression directed at refugees and migrant workers from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Violent crime rates, particularly murder and rape, remain grotesquely high. The HIV/AIDS pandemic was shockingly mishandled at the highest levels of government, and infection rates continue to be overwhelming. Despite the country’s uplifting success of hosting Africa’s first World Cup in 2010, inefficiency and corruption remain rife, infrastructure and basic services are often semifunctional, and political opposition and a free media are under pressure.

In this volume, major scholars chronicle South Africa’s achievements and challenges since the transition. The contributions, all previously unpublished, represent the state of the art in the study of South African politics, economics, law, and social policy.

University of Virginia Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813928272
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. His most recent book is The Real World of Democratic Theory. Kahreen Tebeau has taught at Portland State University and Willamette University and is a Policy Analyst for the State of Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Ian Shapiro Kahreen Tebeau 1

Part I Politics and the Macroeconomy

Poverty and Inequality in South Africa, 1994-2007 Jeremy Seekings 21

Black Economic Empowerment since 1994: Diverse Hopes and Differentially Fulfilled Aspirations Anthony Butler 52

Forging Democrats: A Partial Success Story? Robert Mattes 72

The Business Community after Apartheid and Beyond: An Analysis of Business's Engagement in the Second Decade of Democracy Theuns Eloff 105

Macroeconomic Policy and Its Governance after Apartheid Janine Aron 136

Part II Health and Social Welfare

AIDS Policy in Postapartheid South Africa Nicoli Nattrass 181

The Role of Social and Economic Rights in Supporting Opposition in Postapartheid South Africa Lauren Paremoer Courtney Jung 199

Part III The Rule of Law

The Pasts and Future of the Rule of Law in South Africa David Dyzenhaus 233

Anticorruption Reform Efforts in Democratic South Africa Marianne Camerer 269

The Land Question: Exploring Obstacles to Land Redistribution in South Africa Lungisile Ntsebeza 294

Part IV Language and Media

After Apartheid: The Language Question Neville Alexander 311

Contested Media Environments in South Africa: The Making of Communications Policy since 1994 Guy Berger 332

Notes on Contributors 361

Index 363

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