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Structural Transformation in South Africa: The Challenges of Inclusive Industrial Development in a Middle-Income Country

Antonio Andreoni, Pamela Mondliwa, Simon Roberts, and Fiona Tregenna


Taking South Africa as an important case study of the challenges of structural transformation, the book offers a new micro-meso level framework and evidence linking country-specific and global dynamics of change, with a focus on the current challenges and opportunities faced by middle-income countries. Detailed analyses of industry groupings and interests in South Africa reveal the complex set of interlocking country-specific factors which have hampered structural transformation over several decades, but also the emerging productive areas and opportunities for structural change. The structural ... More

Keywords: structural transformation, South Africa, industrial policy, role of the state, political economy, sectoral value chains, digitalization, middle-income countries, inclusive development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonio Andreoni, editor
Associate Professor of Industrial Economics, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London, UK

Pamela Mondliwa, editor
Research Associate, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg, and Senior Managing Consultant, Berkeley Research Group

Simon Roberts, editor
Professor of Economics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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1 Framing Structural Transformation in South Africa and Beyond

Antonio Andreoni, Pamela Mondliwa, Simon Roberts, and Fiona Tregenna

3 Metals, Machinery, and Mining Equipment Industries in South Africa

Antonio Andreoni, Lauralyn Kaziboni, and Simon Roberts

4 Leveraging Plastics Linkages for Diversification

Jason Bell, Lorenza Monaco, and Pamela Mondliwa

5 Government Policy in Multinational-Dominated Global Value Chains

Justin Barnes, Anthony Black, and Lorenza Monaco

10 Profitability without Investment

Antonio Andreoni, Nishal Robb, and Sophie van Huellen

12 Digitalization, Industrialization, and Skills Development

Antonio Andreoni, Justin Barnes, Anthony Black, and Timothy Sturgeon

14 The Political Economy of Structural Transformation

Pamela Mondliwa and Simon Roberts

15 Towards a New Industrial Policy for Structural Transformation

Antonio Andreoni, Pamela Mondliwa, Simon Roberts, and Fiona Tregenna

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