Year: 2013
Working paper number: 327
Author: Seekings, Jeremy
Unit: SSU
The provision of financial assistance and personal care in contemporary South Africa entails a distinctive combination of state, market and kin. The state assists financially the deserving poor, but provides little personal care. Better-off people rely increasingly on the market for both income support and care. The poor rely heavily on kin, especially female, maternal kin. The South African case is unlike any of the standard welfare and care regimes identified by Esping-Andersen or his critics.
Publication file: WP 327.pdf