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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...

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...

Voices from a new democracy: South Africans reflect on ten years in a democratic country, and the challenges of the next decade

"Africans deliberated on the first decade of democratic rule, acknowledged what had been accomplished,and thought aloud about the challenges that need to be addressed if ‘a better life for all’ desired to be achieved by 2014. However, the discussi...

Business and democracy: Cohabitation or contradiction?

"In summary, the technical keys to improving the public service are appropriate and specific goals, accurate monitoring, and effective accountability. Attending to business processes and human resources play vital roles in achieving these three g...

Closure of the RDP Office: Where does this leave development?

The RDP ministry's closure raises questions of accountability. Some of the questions raised in this paper were : Who will be responsible for the urban development strategy which was published in draft form by government in November 1995? And the r...

Transitional politics in South Africa: From confrontation to democracy

"This paper is concerned with the politics of transition in South Africa, which is defined as the movement away from apartheid and minority domination towards some form of democracy. This movement is characterised by a process of phased negotiatio...

South Africa at the crossroads: Responding to the winds of change

The document concerns African nationalism and assesses the ability of South Africa’s present regime to resist it. South Africa is virtually isolated and condemned by the world for its racial policies. Thus far, its basic response has been increasi...

Transformation of the Pan-African Parliament A path to a legislative body?

"The inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament reflects a commitment towards enhancing and deepening democratic values and principles on the continent. The PAP forms part of the ambitious process of deepening the institutional framework for achi...

Democracy, Elections & Political Parties A Conceptual Overview with Special Emphasis on Africa

"This paper develops,in a manageable manner, a conceptual framework in order to adequately define the essentially contested concepts of democracy, elections and political parties. There is much overlap in these concepts which are abundantly used i...

Guinea: The Main Challenges of the New President

"The aim of this policy brief is to draw attention to some of the main challenges that the newly elected president of Guinea will face, and to formulate policy recommendations in view of addressing these challenges. For the first time since it...

The State of the Region Security Sector Governance in Southern Africa

"The aim of this conference was to explore dynamics that influence the democratic governance of the security sector in Southern Africa. The 1990s was a period of democratic transition for many states in Southern Africa. These transitions often en...

To Spy or Not to Spy? Intelligence and Democracy in South Africa

"As the title of the series of papers suggests, there are two primary issues for discussion. On the one hand, the question 'To spy or not to spy?’ has been posed. This question asks us to consider the nature of the role and function of the South ...

Unconstitutional Changes of Government: The Democrat’s Dilemma in Africa

"While the AU’s response to each case is meant to be automatic and uncompromising, decisions whether and how to respond take place in the context of many factors beyond matters of principle. Cases that the AU has not taken up are as significant as...

Perspectives on negotiations: Two views on the process

This document contains two articles: The first article, by Dr. Oscar Dumisani Dhlomo, discusses the current South African situation, particularly Natal. The Pretoria Minute (6 August 1990) between the South African Government and the African Nati...

Ghana’s 2008 Election: Towards a Consolidated Democracy?

"How has Ghana got it right? This paper argues that Ghana’s own political history and the electoral machinery continue to play a role in the steps taken towards effective political system based on democratic principles. Regarded by both local and...

The Power of Regional Economic Communities: Predicting Future Trends and Mitigating the Phenomenon of Unconstitutional Power Alteration in Africa

"Using secondary sources of information and participant observations, the paper presents a historical overview of unconstitutional power alternations in Africa, explores the provisions available to the RECs in addressing current trends and the cha...

Looking Beneath the Cloak An Analysis of Intelligence Governance in South Africa

"The governance of the intelligence sector presents a unique set of challenges to democratic governance and the practice of the principles of transparency, accountability and participation. South Africa has experienced a transition to democracy, w...

SA Democracy Incorporated Corporate Fronts and Political Party Funding

"The purpose of this research paper was to identify possible sources of private funding to South Africa’s political parties, beyond the annual state allocation, which are potentially corrupting and/or subverting the will of the electorate. The lac...

The 2005 General Elections in Tanzania: Implications for Peace and Security in Southern Africa

"This paper examines the significance of the recently concluded general elections in Tanzania for the consolidation of democracy in the country, whilst highlighting the political difficulties in Zanzibar. It also examines how the election outcome ...

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