South Africa Election: Policy Recommendations for a New Government
As South Africa faces a new round of parliamentary elections in April 2009, the country confronts a host of difficult political challenges. This Mercatus on Policy provides recommendations for any
As South Africa faced parliamentary elections in April 2009, the country was confronting a host of difficult political and economic challenges. How politicians faced those challenges and how they managed the transition period were issues of concern for policy makers around the world.
In a pre-election analysis of the situation, the authors focus on three domestic policy issues that they believe are important to expanding opportunities for South Africa's poor: employment, education, and security. In addition, they also focus on three foreign policy issues that we believe are significant to leveraging South Africa's unique position in international affairs: regional integration, good governance, and public and cultural diplomacy. As the post-election history unfolds, these issues remain critical for growth, and the recommendations of Boudreaux and van der Walt present key truths for moving forward.
Boudreaux, Karol and Johan van der Walt. "South Africa Country Brief." Mercatus on Policy No. 39, Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2009.