Affirmative Action in the United States and South Africa: Lessons from the Other Side

45 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2009  

F. Michael Higginbotham

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

This article serves to compare and contrast affirmative action in practice in the United States and South Africa, citing the differences in implementation for a number of reasons. For example, the racial demographics are quite different in South Africa compared to the U.S., and this has affected the identities and thus the policies of those wielding political and judicial power, and their subsequent decision making. The various arguments in favor of affirmative action, as well as those against, are discussed, as well as relevant cases from both nations.

Keywords: United States, South Africa, affirmative action, racial discrimination, employment discrimination,

JEL Classification: K19, K39, H19, H59, H89, J71, J78

Suggested Citation

Higginbotham, F. Michael, Affirmative Action in the United States and South Africa: Lessons from the Other Side (2000). Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1509545

F. Michael Higginbotham (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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