Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges

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9780796923332: Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges

The social and economic successes of Asia have drawn global attention to the developmental state as a possible model for developing countries—and South Africa is interested. As this interdisciplinary team of distinguished scholars warns, however, constructing a developmental state is one thing; actually implementing the necessary institutional and policy reforms to bring it into reality is another. Providing an eloquent account of what the state's primary goals should be at this point, these contributors point to South Africa's advantages, including its existing constitutional democracy, the wealth of its mineral resources, and the commitment of its political leadership. Beyond that, they make the case that South Africa will have to become more socially inclusive, that economic and social policy will have to be intertwined, that development and democratic agendas must be mutually reinforcing, and that a competent bureaucracy needs to be built.

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Omano Edigheji is the cofounder of the Centre for Africa's Social Progress and the research director of the policy and capacity enhancement program at the Human Science Research Council. His work is in the political economy of development, and he is the coauthor of Governance in the New South Africa: The Challenges of Globalisation.

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"This book is a thoughtful contribution to the debate on the relationship between state and market. When economic orthodoxy has got it so spectacularly wrong, with such painful social consequences, we need fresh ideas. This book explores some new ideas on the role of the developmental state that is timely in the new global policy environment." - Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Economic Development, South Africa "An excellent volume that offers a compelling overview of how, beyond neo-liberalism, the developmental state can be made the centrepiece of a global strategy for achieving a balanced and sustainable socio-economic transformation." - Adebayo Olukoshi, Director, United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning "These pioneering contributions should be required reading for those seriously interested in understanding the conditions for creating developmental state success, including political, social and economic reforms." - Jomo Kwame Sundaram, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development "There is no equivalent book yet that brings the developmental state idea in line with South African needs and possibilities." - Bill Freund, Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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