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The economics of apartheid
Lewis, Stephen R.
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Publication Information:
New York : Council on Foreign Relations Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 195 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Council on Foreign Relations book"--Cover.

Includes index.
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HC905 .L49 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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As interest in South Africa began to rise sharply in the United States in the mid-1980s it became clear that few Americans economists know much about the economies of South Africa and the region. The Economics of Apartheid offers a clear and concise explanation of the regions economies and how it contributes and directs public policy. Though this is not a prescriptive book, it does provide an understanding of the problem of South Africa and the possible consequences of various alternative policies both in South Africa and in the international community. It will also provide policymakers and to all those concerned with the struggle for human rights in South Africa.

Author Notes

Stephen Lewis has written children’s films for television and produced instructional films for a number of educational publishers. For twenty years, he headed various divisions in instructional technology and traditional print for the educational publishing arm of IBM.

In the 1980s, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began writing for newspapers and magazines. For a non-profit organization there, he founded and directed the memoir-writing workshop Writing Your Self.

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Choice Review

Lewis's clear, concise, empirical examination of the economic issues of apartheid does not enter into moralistic, theoretical, or philosophical issues. Rather, the author, having stated his own opposition to apartheid, proceeds to define the issues and give a brief history of the origins and evolution of race relations and apartheid in South Africa as demonstrated by statistical data on population, geography, and the economy, especially in the 20th century. This survey shows how groups fare differentially according to color and how, even when benefits are redistributed, privileges of the whites are always guaranteed. The benefits of the whites tend to be protected by government policy and by at least two external economic forces: the leverage South Africa sustains toward other countries because of its endowment of strategic resources, and its dominance within the region through its command over the regional transportation network, trade, and labor migration. The author suggests that the end of apartheid is inevitable and, therefore, that South Africa must make choices from among various options discussed in a futuristic concluding chapter. This study is enhanced by statistical tables and a bibliography. Highly recommended to undergraduates and the general public. -E. H. Tuma, University of California, Davis