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Land Reform as Social Justice: The Case of South Africa
Economic Affairs (2010)
  • Karol C. Boudreaux
Hayek argues that when governments violate people's rights by imposing discriminatory laws it may be necessary to do something to correct the situation. He suggests limiting corrective action in two ways: only address harms that occurred in the relatively recent past, and impose no new discrimination. As a result of a very long history of discriminatory legislation, black South Africans suffered substantial harms at the hands of past governments. Following the political transition in 1994, the new government implemented land reform policies designed, in part, to satisfy calls for social justice. This paper examines these policies in the context of Hayek's arguments.
  • land reform,
  • South Africa,
  • social justice,
  • redistribution,
  • restitution,
  • tenure security
Publication Date
March 1, 2010
Citation Information
Karol C. Boudreaux. "Land Reform as Social Justice: The Case of South Africa" Economic Affairs Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (2010)
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