Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South by Omano Edigheji

By Omano Edigheji

The social and monetary successes of Asia have drawn worldwide realization to the developmental kingdom as a potential version for constructing countries—and South Africa is interested. As this interdisciplinary staff of exclusive scholars warns, however, constructing a developmental country is something; truly enforcing the required institutional and coverage reforms to carry it into truth is one other. delivering an eloquent account of what the state's basic objectives might be at this aspect, those individuals element to South Africa's advantages, together with its present constitutional democracy, the wealth of its mineral assets, and the dedication of its political management. past that, they make the case that South Africa can have to become extra socially inclusive, that monetary and social coverage will have to be intertwined, that improvement and democratic agendas has to be together reinforcing, and useful forms should be built.

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Learning from the historical experiences of others and thinking creatively about how to take advantage of apparent lessons is a start. Looking at 20th century developmental states helps us think about constructing concrete state structures. The fourth section of the chapter extracts some analytical lessons for building 21st century developmental states by examining the state structures and state–society relations in the key cases of the 20th century developmental state – the East Asian newly industrialised countries (NICs).

Akoojee thus examines the role that the South African state has played in skills development, with a particular focus on further education and training (FET) colleges. He teases out the challenges facing the sector, including what he refers to as the mix of policy incoherence and ‘structural disconnect’ between policy goals and operational reality. These sectoral challenges have broader implications, as they also reflect the challenges that the South African state faces in trying to construct a democratic developmental state.

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