Key Points:

  • South Africa and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth outlines many of the achievements and challenges facing South Africa after 20 years of democratic governance.
  • Based on a workshop and four specially commissioned research papers the report evaluates the impact of South Africa’s political pacts, elections, parliament, courts and civil society on the country’s attempts to promote growth, reduce poverty, stimulate innovation and keep corruption in check. It is based on four specially commissioned research papers
  • This first report focuses on South Africa. It begins with a brief history of South African democracy, describing how the core features of South Africa’s democratic system were established following the transition from apartheid.
  • The report then examines South Africa’s particular democratic institutions— political pacts, elections, parliament, courts, and civil society—and their impact, both positive and negative, on the country’s attempts to promote growth, reduce poverty, stimulate innovation and keep corruption in check.
  • It also draws on insights that emerged from workshops held in Johannesburg on 19th March and 10th October 2013, attended by South African politicians, senior officials, business leaders, economists, political scientists and journalists.
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