Ebating an appropriate developmental state model for South Africa: an emerging post-GEAR consensus
The recently concluded 52nd Conference of South Africas ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), marks a left-wing shift in economic policy making in the ANC. The neo-liberal GEAR framework of 1996 has now given way to a more interventionist Keynesian developmental state paradigm.
The dissertation must initiate a debate on the appropriateness or otherwise of this shift. What does it hold for the democratic process in the country? What are its implications for economic development? What are the implied or explict class interests stand o gain or lose? What has been GEARs track record in respect of the overall human developoment index compared to economic growth in South Africa? What comparative examples in respect of the developmental state model are relevant to the countrys developmental challenge?