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Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 10 No 4, December 2009

"This edition of Synopsis focuses attention on the elections in Southern Africa and Africa in general. Several African States in the SADC region have either held elections recently or will be holding elections in 2010/2011. The articles cover sele...

The Impact of Democracy on Development: The Case of South Africa

"The brief for this study was to present and discuss post-1994 changes, marking the advent of democracy in South Africa, to the socio-economic position of households, to assess improvements in service delivery, political changes, and public percep...

Positioning Civil Society Post Polokwane: Coming to Terms with ANC Political Leadership Changes

"The introduction of this report provides an overview of the research objectives and a discussion of research methods and limitations to the study. This is followed by a theoretical discussion defining the project’s understanding of civil society ...

Election Synopsis Volume 1 No. 3, 2004

"Bob Jones provides a valuable overview of the smorgasboard of parties which is being presented to the voters, with helpful comparative reference to party choice which was available in 1994 and 1999. Janet Cherry examines how the party lists are c...

Election Synopsis Volume 1, No. 4, 2004

"The articles in this final edition of election synopsis illustrate that these commentators were wrong, and that the actual results of the elections point to enormous complexities and nuances within voting behaviour, and dynamics between and withi...

The Impact of Democracy in Botswana: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the Dawn of Democracy

"Botswana achieved independence from Britain more than 40 years ago and much has changed in Botswana since that time. This paper reports on the state of development in Botswana over the past 10 to 15 years, and looks at whether democracy has led ...

The Impact of Democracy in Zimbabwe: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This paper briefly outlines some of the perceptions of Zimbabweans regarding the various changes that have occurred in the country in the past 10–15 years,particularly where the democratisation process is concerned. The paper seeks to ascertain ...

The Impact of Democracy in Mozambique: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy

"Does democracy enhance the process of development in Mozambique? This report attempts to answer this question through analysing different types of data. Specifically, it examines how democratic institutions have increased accountability and effic...

The Impact of Democracy in Namibia: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the dawn of Democracy

"This country report presents an overview of Namibia based on the most recent socio-economic data, such as comprehensive expenditure data culled from the 2003/2004 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES), the 2nd Millennium Develo...

The Impact of Democracy in Lesotho: Assessing Political, Social and Economic Developments since the Dawn of Democracy

"The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether the transition to a democracy in Lesotho, since its independence in 1966, has resulted in the socio-economic development and an improvement in the lives of citizens in this country. This paper t...

Public Administration for a Democratic Developmental State in Africa : Prospects and Possibilities

"The goal of this paper is to examine the concept of a developmental public service and administration within the context of a democratic developmental state (DDS) in Africa. Developmental public service and administration means an efficient and ...

Democratic Decision-Making and Development at the Local Level: Lessons from rural Botswana

"This paper attempts to understand the relationship between deliberative democracy, on the one hand, and local or community-level development on the other, with specific reference to Botswana. In essence, the paper seeks to answer the following tw...

Rethinking South Africa's Development Path: Reflections on the ANC's Policy Conference Discussion Documents

"This publication is a critique of the set of discussion documents released by the African National Congress [ANC] in preparation for its Policy Conference at the end of June and its Congress in December 2007. The purpose of the publication is to ...

State Civil Society Relations in South Africa: Some Lessons from Engagement

"This paper aims to provide examples of how specific civil society organisations have influenced and engaged the state, and what lies behind the success or failure of these actions.It looks at a range of organisations that have tried to impact g...

Public Service Performance: Towards a better life for all

"This paper examines the extent to which this ‘better life for all’ – in the context of the performance of the Public Service - has become a reality in the period since the 1994 elections. It further examines the context in which performance enhan...

Affirmative Action and State Capacity in a Democratic South Africa

"This paper will focus on affirmative action in the public service. It is divided into three sections. The first section briefly defines the concepts of affirmative action and state capacity. It also sets the goals of the former. The second sectio...

Traditional and Non Traditional threats in a Changing Global Order: An Indian Perspective

"This paper reflects on the changing dimensions of security from an Indian perspective. It is argued that while the traditional security concerns persist, non-traditional security challenges have attained greater salience in recent years.

Public Service Delivery in a Democratic, Developmental State

"This paper focuses on the notion of service delivery by the public service in a democratic developmental state. The public service in a democratic developmental state essentially focuses not only on the delivery of services, but it is also crucia...

Human Security in India: A mixed bag

"India is racing against time. The Millennium Development Goals are still far away. But the government has taken a series of policy measures which, if pursued meticulously, could take it nearer the goals. In order to bridge the urban-rural divide,...

Synopsis Policy Studies Bulletin of CPS Vol 10 No 2, June 2009

"These five papers cover various aspects of the South African elections and implications of these elections. Fiona White's paper looks in depth at those factors that shaped the ANC's victory in 2009. Rapoo explores the implications of the 2009 ele...

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