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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...

Rapid or Incremental Change? Assigning greater Legislative Powers to the Pan African Parliament

"This study sought to achieve three key goals: firstly, to review the institutional development and practical achievements of the PAP during its first term; secondly, to examine the prospects of the PAP acquiring greater legislative powers and c...

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...

Making Meaningful Electoral Choices: Reviewing current debates on reforming South Africa's electoral system

"This paper was commissioned by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) with the aim of contributing to, or resuscitating, the debate about electoral systems reform in South Africa. To this end, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) made a commitment to ...

A Future in Dispute: Political perspectives on South Africa's provincial system

"This study examines this renewed debate mainly, from the perspectives of the major political parties in the country. It seeks to understand what views and ideas these parties hold in the wake of the renewed vigour in South Africa’s perennial deba...

Reflections on Zimbabwe's Past as Building Blocks for its Future

"This paper seeks to reflect on the situation in Zimbabwe through the last two decades and to conclude by suggesting some policy directions for the way forward. The reflection focuses largely on local government, land, health and education sector...

Democratic Consolidation, Substantive uncertainty and institutional certainty: Prospects for the re-alignment of opposition in South Africa

"This Policy Brief seeks to interrogate the following:Conceptual issues, Different conceptions of opposition politics in South Africa, The performance of major opposition political parties since 1994, The possible impact of COPE on opposition poli...

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