Parallel Changes in Russia and South Africa: Challenges in Social Development

IRINA L. PERVOVA, MARIANNE STRYDOM, LAMBERT K. ENGELBRECHT, VYACHESLAV KELASYEV, ABIGAIL ORNELLAS

Abstract


The article is devoted to the comparison of sociopolitical and economic developments of Russia and South Africa. The key time periods taken into account for comparison are 2005, 2010, 2015/2017, and the key points, analyzed are the influence of shifting toward neo-liberal policy on social system in the two countries and adoption of a free-market movement to welfare state, conditioned by the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of apartheid. The analysis is implemented through comparison of the development of economic indicators, data of poverty dynamics, inequality and social protection. Despite serious political, economic and social shocks and changes, both states have a potential for economic growth and development.

Keywords


Social Policy, Socio-economic Development, Neo-liberalismText


DOI
10.12783/dtem/ssemr2019/30845

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