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Immigration and Domestic Politics in South Africa: Contradictions of the Rainbow Nation
Ethnic Studies Review (2010)
  • Vernon D Johnson
Abstract
The country's experience of initially being on the periphery, and then the semi-periphery of the global economy, then a player in the global polity of states, and finally, the focal point of clashing interests in global civil society illustrates the utility of the tri-partite global system as an analytical device.\n Given the mounting domestic problems with unemployment, crime, education, housing, HIV relief and health care in general, it is not surprising that South Africa took awhile to address the issue of immigration policy. Since the collapse of communism and totalitarian states a generation ago, a debate on state-society relations has grown up, and within it the issue of state capacity has become salient.67 Among the central capacities of effective states are effective economic growth and development and addressing social welfare.
Keywords
  • South African politics
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Publication Date
2010
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Copyright National Association for Ethnic Studies 2010
Citation Information
Vernon D Johnson. "Immigration and Domestic Politics in South Africa: Contradictions of the Rainbow Nation" Ethnic Studies Review Vol. 33 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/vernon-johnson/7/