Effective Sanctions on South Africa: The Cutting Edge of Economic Intervention

Paperback | March 1, 1991

EditorGeorge W. Shepherd

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This work, as its title would suggest, is a testament to the fact that economic sanctions are effective instruments of change in South Africa. George W. Shepherd, Jr. and the other contributing writers provide us with a glimpse inside South Africa, as well as a reflection of the changing nature of international order. In this respect, Shepherd and the others teach us a valuable lesson in the use and effectiveness of economic sanctions in influencing the internal affairs of other nations in order to limit human rights violations. After an introductory chapter on effective sanctions and the economic impact in South Africa, contributed chapters demonstrate that the movement for racial equality in the world is not spent. Others point to the role of non-governmental organizations in ending racial discrimination, the possibility of increasing sanctions, the shift in United States policy to a comprehensive anti-apartheid stance, and the replacement of military means of intervention by international economic measures. This is concluded by a thorough bibliography and helpful indices which document the actions taken against South Africa.

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This work, as its title would suggest, is a testament to the fact that economic sanctions are effective instruments of change in South Africa. George W. Shepherd, Jr. and the other contributing writers provide us with a glimpse inside South Africa, as well as a reflection of the changing nature of international order. In this respect, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 1991Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275937143

ISBN - 13:9780275937140

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?This is a well-written, well-organized, and clearly focused book. The message is brief, direct, and comprehensive: sanctions against South Africa will work if the right conditions prevail; unilateral sanctions are less likely to succeed than multilateral ones; and superpowers and conservative countries have tended to favor unilateral and military actions, rather than economic sanctions. Sanctions against South Africa have come piecemeal and therefore have tended to be vague and difficult to enforce, especially since the US and Britain have been opposed to mandatory sanctions. The analyses by the various authors suggest that the success of the sanctions has depended to a large extent on the internal movement against apartheid and by the changing international environment in favor of human rights, both of which raised the costs of apartheid to the white South African government and made it easier for individual countries to comply with the sanctions. Finally there is evidence that the costs to the US of sanctions against South Africa have been exaggerated, and could have been offset easily by substitute inputs, different technology, or changed demand composition. Thus, US resistance to sanctions could not have been justified on macroeconomic terms because the macro-costs were not in any way formidable. Highly recommended on grounds of relevance, good analysis, clarity, and timeliness. Upper-division and graduate collections.?-Choice