Covering an impressive breadth of issues, the international development specialists who have contributed to this volume significantly deepen our understanding of the key socio-economic issues in the first decade of South Africa's democratic governance. Locating the South African challenges within a broader international perspective, the issues covered include all the major economic growth challenges confronting South Africa - employment, industrial policy, urban governance, the informal economy - and the social challenges of poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS and health policy. The key development debates of the post-apartheid era are outlined and the success or otherwise of a decade of reform and experimentation is considered. Contributors include leading American development economists Gill Hart and Michael Carter; respected African development scholar Dani Nabudere; noted British economist Jonathan Michie; and prominent South African scholars including Alan Whiteside, Julian May, Mike Morris, Francie Lund, Haroon Bhorat, Adam Habib, Eleanor Preston-Whyte, Bill Freund, Dale McKinley and Lungisile Ntsebeza.
Vishnu Padayachee is a senior professor of economics in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and a member of the board of directors of the South African Reserve Bank.
Development debates in a global context: Beyond neo-liberalism?; development debates in historical and comparative perspective; development theories, knowledge production and emancipatory practice; macroeconomic balance and microeconomic reform: Reflections on South Africa's first wave of economic reforms; macroeconomic reforms and employment: What possibilities for South Africa?; operationalising South Africa's move from macro-economic stability to micro-economic reform; sequencing micro and macro reforms for pro-poor growth: Forward looking reflections on the South African experience. Distributive issues in post-apartheid South Africa: Constructing the social policy agenda - conceptual debates around poverty and inequality; policy dilemmas around direct state transfers to the poor. Industrial upgrading and innovation: The Noledge of Numbers - SandT, RandD, and innovation indicators in South Africa; the role of government in facilitating clusters. Municipal governance and development: Pro-poor local economic development in post-apartheid South Africa - the Johannesburg fashion district; local economic development - utopia and reality in South Africa; the example of Durban KZN. Labour, work and the informal economy: Labour supply and demand constraints on employment creation - a microeconomic analysis; definitions, data and the informal economy in South Africa: a critical analysis; population, health and development - people's views on how families cope with illnesses and deaths in South Africa; condom use within marriage and cohabiting partnerships - perspectives of couples; framing the HIV epidemic in South Africa - A sociological perspective; economic and development issues around HIV/AIDS; social movements and democratic transition - social movements in South Africa - promoting crisis or creating stability?; democracy and social movements in South Africa; political work - mobilisation and negotiation in the shadows of Durban's refineries. Traditional authority and development challenges - rural development, traditional authorities and democracy in South Africa.