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Understanding the Past to Reshape the Future: Problems of South Africa’s Transition

Francis Wilson

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263471
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0010

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Understanding the Past to Reshape the Future: Problems of South Africa’s Transition

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This chapter considers the problems of economic transition in South Africa. It begins by discussing the country's economic problems and their historical roots. It describes some of the major factors that helped to shape the South Africa which President Nelson Mandela inherited when he took office in 1994 and which the country's first democratic government has been attempting to reshape since then. Finally, the chapter assesses the ways in which a historical perspective illuminates the search for effective policies to resolve the problems.

Keywords: economic transition; transition; economic problems; South Africa; Nelson Mandela

Chapter.  6537 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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