Extract from review by Peter Limb (Michigan State University) in The African Book Publishing Record, Vol XXXIV/1/2008 p.14:
"With a well-chosen, well-organized cross-section of the best recent scholarship on development and aided by excellent production with clear tables and detailed index, this will remain a valuable book for researchers for years to come. Even in such a large book, not all parts of the country can be covered, and with sections on distribution, labour and governance, accorded only two chapters each, researchers will need to also seek other sources. However, the two largest sections are rich indeed in empirical data and cogent argument. The Development Decade? is essential for libraries interested in development in Africa, and in South African economics, sociology, health, and a wide range of related fields."
Extract from review for H-SAfrica by Sarah M. Mathis (Department of Anthropology, Emory University) published by H-SAfrica@h-net.msu.edu (January, 2008):
"The audience is undeniably those interested in, or closely involved with, the study of South Africa. The volume centers around economic and political reforms during the period 1994-2004. These reforms have been widely characterized as neoliberal and criticized as abandoning the poor people whose struggle against apartheid brought the African National Congress (ANC) into power. The fierce debate over the nature and impact of these policies lies at the heart of this book and provides its unifying theme. How do we grapple with neoliberal restructuring that is being implemented by the ANC? While the articles range widely in style from quantitative studies to militant Marxism to high theory, all of the authors nonetheless reflect in their writing a key national debate over how to critically discuss change in the context both of strong loyalties to the ANC and of memories of the struggle against apartheid."
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Development Decade Ref and research book news - February 2007
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