Liberation and Redistribution: Social Grants, Commercial Insurance, and Religious Riches in South Africa

  title={Liberation and Redistribution: Social Grants, Commercial Insurance, and Religious Riches in South Africa},
  author={Erik B{\"a}hre},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={371 - 392}
  • E. Bähre
  • Published 29 March 2011
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
South Africa's liberation, marked by the first democratic elections of 1994, ushered in an unprecedented expansion of large-scale redistributive arrangements. In the post-apartheid period, the collection of money into a central fund administered anonymously and bureaucratically has gained social and political importance, particularly for poor and lower-middle-class Africans. This is most evident in a rapid expansion of government social assistance—from 1997 to 2006 the number of beneficiaries… 
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