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The Political Economy of Sanctions Against Apartheid

Haider Ali Khan
ISBN: 978-1-55587-145-1
1989/115 pages/LC: 89-34521

"Analyzes the impact of economic sanctions against South Africa in a cogent and rigorous fashion, and his treatment of the problem remains as vitally relevant today as it was when his book was published... before the release of Nelson Mandela and the unbanning of the ANC.... One of a very few attempts to present actual empirical evidence on the impact of economic sanctions.... An important work for anyone interested in South Africa as well as anyone interested in economic sanctions as instruments of foreign policy."—Africa Today


Existing political economy analyses of the arguments for and against imposing economic sanctions against South Africa, however astute, suffer from a lack of empirical analysis at any but the most descriptive level. Professor Khan has developed a new approach to the topic of the sanctions, combining the imperatives of capital accumulation and growth in South Africa with the particular political and economic history of apartheid.

Khan's detailed examination of the real impact of sanctions—based on an economy-wide social accounting matrix (SAM) for South Africa—is the first undertaken for any country. He demonstrates the consequences of trade sanctions in South Africa, in the areas of production, employment, consumption, and distribution, for all economic sectors and racial groups. His provocative results, this book should do much to resolve the controversial issues surrounding the role of sanctions in the crucial struggle against apartheid.


Haider Ali Khan is assistant professor of economics in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.


  • Introduction.
  • The International Political Economy of Apartheid.
  • The Logic of Sanctions and Some Modeling Issues.
  • An Analysis of Trade Sanctions.
  • Disinvestment.
  • Conclusions.