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Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa$
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Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108927

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108927.001.0001

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Introduction: States, Markets, and Inequality

Introduction: States, Markets, and Inequality

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: States, Markets, and Inequality
Class, Race, and Inequality in South Africa

Jeremy Seekings

Nicoli Nattrass

Yale University Press

South Africa is a particularly valuable case study for understanding inequality and racial discrimination. The case of South Africa illustrates how labour-market, welfare, education, and economic policies combined to shape the patterns and levels of income inequality. In this chapter, the ways in which state policies affect income inequality are described. It introduces the “distributional regime” concept, which describes how the apartheid and post-apartheid states intervened in state policies that affect the level and distribution of income in South Africa.

Keywords:   South Africa, inequality, racial discrimination, labour-market, welfare, education, economic policies, income inequality, distributional regime, apartheid

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