Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman

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Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University

Steven Friedman is director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Johannesburg and Rhodes University. His current research focuses on democratic theory, and over the past decade, he has largely written on the relationship between democracy, social inequality and economic growth. Dr. Friedman has also researched and written widely on the South African transition to democracy, both before and after the elections of 1994.

Dr. Friedman recently published Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid, a study of radical social thought in the fight against apartheid and its implications for contemporary South Africa. He has authored columns for various newspapers including the Weekly MailBusiness Day, and Mail and Guardian. He received his BA in Political Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, and a D. Litt from Rhodes University.

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