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Do Citizens Reward Good Service? Voter Responses to Basic Service Provision in Southern Africa

"Theories of democratic governance posit that citizens should reward politicians for good service and punish them for bad. But does electoral accountability work as theorized, especially in developing country contexts? Studying southern African demo…

When Does the State Listen?

In this article, the author looked at four cases of key historical policies in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania to examine how states engage with citizen voices. The policies all took place in contexts of political change and major junctures…

Swazis Reject Multiparty Politics Amid Decreasing Satisfaction with Democracy

"If supporters of democratic reform in Swaziland see multiparty competition as the path to a more transparent and accountable government, they face an uphill struggle: Almost two-thirds of citizens say multiple political parties are divisive and unn…

The Nigerian Economy Reforms, Emerging Trends and Prospects

This paper sought to provide some understanding of the Nigerian economy in a clear, simple and concise form. Though the Nigerian economy has a complex history that can hardly be exhausted in a monograph, the authors attempted to have a comprehensiv…

Towards Greater Representation of Women in National Governance

"The importance of women's participation in national governance has been established at the highest level of international policy on human rights, equality and equity. In African democracies, the case for women's participation has gained further mom…

African Futures 2050 The Next Forty Years

"With this monograph the ISS and the Pardee Center for International Futures combines the deep and wide knowledge of Africa within the ISS with extensive use of the IFs modelling system, this discussion looks across most major issue arenas:demograp…

The Security Sector in Southern Africa

"The case studies in this monograph begin to close the gap by sketching the political environments that are operative in the selected countries; outlining the constitutional clauses and policy and legal frameworks that govern the security sector; p…

Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization

"After the attacks of September 11, 2001, a growing number of analysts and policymakers drew a link between the dramatic rise of terrorism in the Middle East and the region’s lack of democracy. The question of whether levels of political rights an…

Leadership, ‘Political Comebacks’ and Succession in Southern Africa - Abstracts

"Cheryl Hendricks introduced the topic of debate by stating that the question of leadership has increasingly become critical in Africa especially with the advent of the ‘new wave of democratization.’ She observed that the first generation leaders em…

The Challenges of Regional Integration in Africa In the Context of Globalisation and the Prospects for a United States of Africa

"In the paper the theme of regional economic integration within the AU’s notion of building a United States of Africa is explored. The validity of the proposition that political integration is a desirable strategy for overcoming Africa’s deep-seate…

The APRM A Case Study in Democratic Institution Building?

"This paper uses an institutional approach in analysing the progress made by the APRM across the currently signed up countries. It argues that the African leadership/government(s) is in the position of gate-keeper in this review exercise, hence, mea…

Wading Through a Domestic Political Crisis in a Turbulent Region

"This paper highlights the structural causes of conflict in Chad, and argues that the success of any external intervention in the region will depend on the capacity of the international community to look beyond the narrow lens of the Darfur question…

The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Elections and Beyond

"Firstly there is the need to enhance stability across the whole country. The current violence in North Kivu and the violent incidents in Kinshasa during the electoral period confirmed that the government is unable to provide security and protect it…

The Rhodesian agreement: Aspects and prospects

This document describes aspects and prospects of the Agreement signed in Salisbury on 3 March, 1978, which marked a milestone towards majority rule in Rhodesia. The Agreement was a remarkable achievement, because the negotiating parties succeeded wh…

Zambia’s 2006 Elections: Still Trapped in the Transition Gridlock

"Failure to introduce far-reaching constitutional and electoral reforms in the pre-election period may undermine the credibility of Zambia’s 2006 elections. A weak electoral governance system fails to guarantee a level playing field and free and fai…

Democratisation at the Crossroads Challenges for the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections

"The likely impact of the election principles and guidelines adopted by the SADC Heads of State and Government at the 2004 Summit in Mauritius is open to question. Is democracy equal to, or synonymous with, elections per se? What exactly is the rela…

Challenges to a Durable Peace in Burundi

"Extreme care will have to be taken to ensure that Burundi’s forthcoming election will strengthen and reinforce the progress that has been made thus far rather than reverse the gains that have been made. In short,elections should not merely be regar…

Swaziland: The King’s Constitution

"The question of what role the monarchy must play in Swazi politics remains fundamentally untouched. More specifically, this relates to the ways in which a genuinely inclusive political system, one able to incorporate the demands of a “modern” stat…

Up-coming Local Elections in Mozambique: Context, Meaning and Relevance

"The results of the up-coming local elections may sketch possible outcomes for the 2004 legislative and presidential elections,but only in a very limited manner, as the rural population, which represents the majority of the Mozambicans,is excluded, …

Demobilisation and its Aftermath II Economic Reinsertion of South Africa's Demobilised Military Personnel

"This monograph describes the experiences and needs of former SANDF personnel and combatants — for example, from Umkontho we Sizwe (MK) and the Azanian Peoples’ Liberation Army (APLA) — with regard to reinsertion into the South African economy. It …

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