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Title:Controversies about Capitalism and Apartheid in South Africa: An Economic Perspective
Author:Nattrass, Nicoli J.ISNI
Year:1991
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:17
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:654-677
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:apartheid
capitalism
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637365
Abstract:The relationship between growth, distribution and apartheid policy in South Africa has been the subject of debate for several decades. This paper reviews the controversy about the relationship between apartheid and capitalism from an economic perspective. On the methodological side it is argued that different understandings of wage determination and of the distinction between the interests of capital and capitalism, have been a source of confusion. The old 'liberal-radical' debate was concerned with the clash between neoclassical and revisionist Marxist economic ideas to the detriment of alternative economic perspectives. Over the past decade, however, social-democratic ideas have become more popular and represent a potential middle ground between the old extremes. Notes, ref.
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