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Diehards and Democracy Elites, Inequality and Institutions in African Elections

"Effective policy is not the exclusive preserve of democratic government. So-called “competitive authoritarian” regimes in Africa have proved alluring to donors and investors alike, from East and West. Whether these regimes will succeed in emulat...

Political Change in Madagascar: Populist Democracy or Neopatrimonialism by Another Name?

"This paper examines the formation of the Third Republic in 1992 in a historical context, and the events leading up to the crisis of 2002, before turning to consider the efforts of Marc Ravalomanana and the new government since. This should provi...

South Africa: Strengthening Civilian Oversight over the Police in South Africa: The National and Provincial Secretariats for Safety and Security

"The national and provincial secretariats for Safety and Security were originally intended to provide civilian oversight and monitoring of the South African Police Service(SAPS). Ten years after the secretariats came into existence, the authors u...

Commitments by African Heads of State to Peace, Democracy, Human Rights and Associated Issues

"This document is a summary of the most important commitments made by African Heads of State and Government in recent years at the level of Summit Meetings of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). These commitments are reflected in decisions, r...

Review of Status of Public Participation, and County Information Dissemination Frameworks: A Case Study of Isiolo Kisumu Makueni and Turkana Counties

The study's main objective was to review the status of public participation and existing county public participation and information dissemination frameworks in four counties namely: Isiolo, Kisumu, Makueni and Turkana. The study included: a) A...

Steady Progress? 30 Years of Museveni and the NRM in Uganda

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressed Ugandans for the first time on 29 January 1986 as national leader: “No one should think that what is happening today is a mere change of guard; it is a fundamental change in the politics of our country”. Since Ug...

Failing to Prosecute? Assessing the State of the National Prosecuting Authority in South Africa

"The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is pivotal not only in the criminal justice system, but also in the proper functioning of South Africa’s democracy. This monograph focuses on the independence, accountability and performance of the NPA in ...

Two Decades of Conflict and Democracy in Sierra Leone A Personal Experience

"Poor governance, mismanagement, endemic corruption, exclusion and marginalisation, especially of the youth, were causal factors that led Foday Sankoh, an ex-corporal of the national army, to take up arms against the feeble government of Presiden...

Confronting Complex Political Crises in West Africa An Analysis of ECOWAS Responses to Niger and Cote D'Ivoire

"The question addressed in this paper is how the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has attempted to address crises in Niger and Cote d'Ivoire. How has it sought to implement the norms, activate mechanisms and establish structures ...

Diehards and Democracy Elites, Inequality and Institutions in African Elections

"Multi-party elections are a salient feature of Africa’s rapidly evolving political landscape. International support for elections is prioritised above all other strategies for consolidating democracy. The legacies of political reform are diverse,...

Zimbabwe From a Global (dis)agreement to Free and Fair Elections? Considering Scenarios for Zimbabwe’s Future

"With the second anniversary of Zimbabwe’s Interim Government (IG)fast approaching, the protagonists in and observers of what has ironically become Zimbabwe’s global and persistent political disagreement are now beginning to focus their atten...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 3, 1991

In this issue the Smuts House Notes covers various topics from the agenda of international politics, to US Global Design, to the collapse of the American Dream. Papers covered in this topic centre on South African relations, its foreign policy dim...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 2, 1985

In this issue, the Smuts House Notes follow South Africa’s negotiations as the rapidly deteriorating political and internal security situation has precipitated interest and concern about Pretoria’s domestic policies and South Africa’s place in the...

Rumours of Rain: Namibia's Post-Independence Experience

"This monograph describes the first year of Namibia's post-independence experience. It focuses on three dominant themes: politics and labour; the socio-economic realm and foreign relations. The political equation in this monograph highlights the ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 2, 1991

In this issue, Smuts House Notes look at how South Africans are trying to identify with Africa because of the long years of isolation. The first article by Weiland addresses democracy issues in Africa. Simpson's article on dissident sub-nationalis...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 1, 1979

The first article focuses on the first elections in Rhodesia that allowed all Africans above the age of 18 to vote. The next article has one premise: the best guide to a government's response to external stimuli, pressures and incentives, lies in...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 2, 1979

Articles in this issue include: Botswana: Democracy under pressure - discussing Botswana’s position with regard to South Africa’s political situation and how it copes with being a landlocked country surviving economically as well as politically; M...

African Journal on Conflict Resolution Vol. 10, No. 3, 2010

"The articles on Rwanda and Sudan focus on post-tragedy situations in which justice (punitive and/or curative) and recovery (economic, social and/ or political) are pursued. They are ‘after’ papers with ‘before’ messages. The article on electoral ...

Setting Benchmarks for Enhanced Political Party Performance for Democratic Governance in Africa

"The main premise for the fifth symposium was the acknowledgement that political parties are the cornerstones of representative democracy. Political parties and party systems are necessary for functioning democratic governance systems, and appropr...

Managing Democracy : A Review of SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

"This is a review of major regional initiatives for best election practices in the SADC region with special focus on the SADC election principles. The paper provides some analytical insights into a deeper understanding of the significance and mean...

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