December 6, 2013

Why Did Sanctions Work in South Africa?

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

Today, the international sanctions against South Africa, along with the public divestment campaign in the United States and other countries are remembered as the textbook examples of how international economic pressure can create the impetus for political change in repressive regimes. Of course, it would go too far, and give far too little to Nelson Mandela and his allies, to argue that international pressure was the main reason that apartheid fell. In the years since, some economists have even questioned just how much impact they really had.

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