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Seminar on 'tokenistic' social policy, 19 February

Patrick Bond seminar on 'tokenistic' social policy at UKZN Development Studies, 19 February

Talk left, walk right” in South African social policy Tokenistic extension of state welfare versus bottom-up commoning of services
Patrick Bond January 2014

South Africa’s welfare state expansion is said to be one of the leading “social democratic” achievements of the post-apartheid era. However, tokenistic features – including a neoliberal (fiscally-austere) context, the extension (not transformation) of apartheid’s inheritance, and commercialization of state services – mean the deeper crises of society and economy are not being effectively mitigated, in spite of alternative strategies of decommodification pursued by civil society activists.

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