South Africa’s Journey towards a Democratic Developmental State

Africanus: Journal of Development Studies

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Title South Africa’s Journey towards a Democratic Developmental State
 
Creator Gumede, Vusi
 
Subject developmental state
planning
Asian Tigers
development outcomes
policy coordination
 
Description This article analyses key policies and documents, which form the basis of democratic South Africa’s desire to becoming a developmental state. In order to understand the notion of a developmental state, I provide a discussion on the theoretical foundations of the concept by drawing on examples from other countries (such as the Asian Tigers) that have embarked on a journey to become developmental states. Through a comparative analysis, and by probing the National Development Plan (NDP), as well as the work of the National Planning Commission (NPC) broadly, I examine South Africa’s prospects of becoming a developmental state. To this effect, I argue that although the foundation that was laid for South Africa to become a democratic developmental state (DDS) was relatively solid, South Africa has veered far away from becoming a developmental state any time soon. But, given the existing institutional architecture, as well as an assessment of developmental outcomes, it would seem that South Africa can still become a viable developmental state—although South Africa has lost many of the salient attributes of developmental states. It is also worth highlighting that it was always going to be difficult for South Africa to become a developmental state because of the political and economic history of the country. The article makes suggestions with regard to what could be done to ensure that South Africa becomes a viable, fully-fledged, democratic developmental state.
 
Publisher Unisa Press
 
Date 2019-12-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/6724
10.25159/2663-6522/6724
 
Source Africanus: Journal of Development Studies; Vol. 49 No. 2 (2019); 23 pages
2663-6522
0304-615X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/6724/4121
 
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