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Academy of Management Annals, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 50)
Accounting and the Public Interest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Acta Universitatis Danubius. Administratio     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administração Pública e Gestão Social     Open Access  
Administration : Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Administrative Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Administrative Theory & Praxis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
African Journal of Governance and Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access  
American Review of Public Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
BAR. Brazilian Administration Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos EBAPE.BR     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania     Open Access  
Canadian Public Administration/Administration Publique Du Canada     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Citizenship Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Clinical Social Work Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
COEPTUM     Open Access  
Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Critical Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Cuadernos de Administración     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Der Staat     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Die Verwaltung     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Documentos y Aportes en Administración Pública y Gestión Estatal     Open Access  
ECA Sinergia : Revista Especializada en Economía, Contabilidad y Administración     Open Access  
Économie publique/Public economics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
eJournal of Public Affairs     Open Access  
Electronic Government, an International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Electronic Journal of e-Government     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Éthique publique     Open Access  
Études rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
EURE (Santiago) - Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Urbano Regionales     Open Access  
European Journal of Government and Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Evidence Base : A journal of evidence reviews in key policy areas     Open Access  
Federal Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
FOR Rivista per la formazione     Full-text available via subscription  
Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Future Studies Research Journal : Trends and Strategies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Gaceta Sanitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Georgia Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Gestión y Política Pública     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Gesundheitsökonomie & Qualitätsmanagement     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55)
Government Information Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Government News     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Growth and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Headmark     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Human Resource Development Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Ids Working Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
IMIESA     Full-text available via subscription  
In Vestigium Ire     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indonesian Journal of Community Engagement     Open Access  
International Affairs and Global Strategy     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Electronic Government Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Leadership in Public Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
International Journal of Public Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International NGO Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Review of Public Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Tax and Public Finance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Asian Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Community Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis : Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Developing Areas     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Development and Administrative Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of European Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Management & Organization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 358)
Journal of Nursing Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Park and Recreation Administration     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Public Administration     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Journal of Public Administration and Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Journal of Science and Sustainable Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Social and Administrative Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Social Work Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Jurnal Bina Praja : Journal of Home Affairs Governance     Open Access  
Jurnal Ilmiah Administrasi Publik     Open Access  
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Law and Administration in Post-Soviet Europe : The Journal of Kolegium Jagiellonskie Torunska Szkola Wyzsza     Open Access  
Law, Democracy & Development     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Law, Innovation and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Liinc em Revista     Open Access  
Local Government Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Macramè. Trame e ritagli dell’urbanistica     Open Access  
Middle East Law and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
National Civic Review     Hybrid Journal  
NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Nordic Tax Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Organizações & Sociedade     Open Access  
Orientación y Sociedad : Revista Internacional e Interdisciplinaria de Orientación Vocacional Ocupacional     Open Access  
P3T : Journal of Public Policies and Territory     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Parliaments, Estates and Representation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
People Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Pittsburgh Tax Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
PLOS Currents : Disasters     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
PLOS Currents : Outbreaks     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Police Journal : Theory, Practice and Principles     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 444)
Policy & Internet     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Policy & Governance Review     Open Access  
Policy Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Policy Studies Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Politeia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Politics and Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Politiques et Management Public     Open Access  
Poverty & Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Prawo Budżetowe Państwa i Samorządu     Open Access  
Prison Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Public Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Public Administration & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Public Administration Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Public Choice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Public Infrastructure Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Public Organization Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Public Personnel Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Public Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Public Policy and Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Public Policy And Administration     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Public Policy and Administration Research     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Public Sector     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Public Works Management & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Publius: The Journal of Federalism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Pyramides     Open Access  
RACE - Revista de Administração, Contabilidade e Economia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
REAd : Revista eletrônica de administração     Open Access  
Regards sur l'économie allemande     Open Access  
Regional Science Policy & Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Research on Economic Inequality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Reuna     Open Access  
Revista Brasileira de Administração Científica     Open Access  
Revista de Administração de Empresas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista de Administração Geral     Open Access  
Revista de Administração IMED     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista de Administração Pública     Open Access  
Revista de Carreiras e Pessoas (ReCaPe)     Open Access  
Revista de Ciências da Administração     Open Access  
Revista de Direito Sociais e Políticas Públicas     Open Access  
Revista de Evaluación de Programas y Políticas Públicas     Open Access  
Revista de Políticas Públicas     Open Access  
Revista Desenvolvimento Social     Open Access  
Revista Digital de Derecho Administrativo     Open Access  
Revista Enfoques: Ciencia Política y Administración Pública     Open Access  
Revista Eurolatinoamericana de Derecho Administrativo     Open Access  
Revista Foco     Open Access  
Revista Mexicana de Análisis Político y Administración Pública     Open Access  
Revista Pensamento Contemporâneo em Administração     Open Access  
Revue Gouvernance     Open Access  
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Rivista trimestrale di scienza dell'amministrazione     Full-text available via subscription  
RSU International Journal of College of Government     Hybrid Journal  
Singapore Economic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Skills at Work : Theory and Practice Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Social Policy & Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Social Service Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Social Work Education: The International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
SourceOCDE Gouvernance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
SourceOECD Governance     Full-text available via subscription  
South Asian Journal of Macroeconomics and Public Finance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Sri Lanka Journal of Development Administration     Open Access  
State and Local Government Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Statistics and Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Studi Organizzativi     Full-text available via subscription  
Surveillance and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Sustaining Regions     Full-text available via subscription  
Tax Breaks Newsletter     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
TAXtalk     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Teaching Public Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Tendencias     Open Access  
The Philanthropist     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
The Review of International Organizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Trabajo : Revista de la Asociación Estatal de Centros Universitarios de Relaciones Laborales y Ciencias del Trabajo     Open Access  
Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences     Open Access  
Virginia Tax Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Visión de futuro     Open Access  
Wroclaw Review of Law, Administration & Economics     Open Access  

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  • Editorial
    • Abstract: As the outgoing Editor, I thank all the role players, especially the Editorial Committee and peer reviewers, who have contributed immensely to the success of our Journal. Much as I enjoyed editing and managing this journal, the task was not as an easy one - therefore, I appreciate the assistance offered by Mrs Martha Mashamaite, who voluntarily and without receiving any acknowledgement, has assisted with the recording of minutes and other administrative tasks. I also wish Thabisi Hoeane, the incoming Editor, well during his term. Four articles that have been selected for publication in this issue are briefly introduced in the following paragraphs.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Polarity in contemporary international politics : a uni-interpolar
    • Authors: Oluwaseun Tella
      Abstract: The structure of power in the international system has generated interest amongst scholars around the globe. Some argue that the international system is unipolar. This is premised on the notion that the United States is the only state with preponderance in all components of power - military, economic, technological and cultural. Other scholars view global politics through a multipolar lens. Unlike the 'primacists' (proponents of unipolarity), they posit that the United States has lost its primacy in the global arena and that new players have emerged that compete with it. Furthermore, many scholars posit that the structure of power in today's international system has become so sophisticated and complex that traditional models such as unipolarity, bipolarity and multipolarity are insufficient to explain the reality in contemporary international realpolitik. It is in this context that Huntington's uni-multipolarity, Grevi's interpolarity and Haass' nonpolarity can be located. Using both primary and secondary data, this article explores the structure of power in contemporary international politics. It seeks to determine whether or not existing models are adequate to explain the dynamics of such politics. It concludes that uni-interpolarity (a hybrid of uni-multipolarity and interpolarity) best explains the features of today's global politics.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Development, politics and the feasability of hosting the olympic games in
    • Authors: Pieter Labuschagne
      Abstract: The Olympic Games are a mega-sport event of unparalleled prestige and status on a global scale. The host city is not only rewarded with fame, but since the commercialisation of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, also with the substantial financial benefits, which accrue from staging the Games. The Olympic Games in the modern era have become highly commercialised and generate substantial sums of money. Apart from Africa, all the continents of the world have already had the opportunity to host the Olympic Games. However, the host cities were without exception situated in developed countries that could absorb the substantial costs that staging the Olympic Games entail. This article investigates the feasibility and desirability of hosting the Games in an African city from a developmental perspective and attempts to answer the following question: Is the staging justifiable in light of the continent's developmental problem?
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • South Africa's soft power : a comparative content analysis
    • Authors: Olusola Ogunnubi
      Abstract: There is an emergent literature on South Africa's soft power. In comparison with other African nations, South Africa possesses enormous soft power assets that it could wield to gain international benefits. However, paradoxically, there is little analysis of the nexus between soft power and South Africa's foreign policy, suggesting a lack of interest among local and international scholars. In light of this reality, this article provides a critique of the current soft power literature relating to South Africa from a comparative perspective. It explores scholars' different conceptions of soft power and the debates on South Africa's soft power. The article identifies three strands of Pretoria's soft power literature and notes that more needs to be done to grapple with the idea of soft power in order to deepen the country's use of its soft power competences. It concludes by pointing out the role of the intelligentsia and other non-state actors in assisting state agencies to grasp the utility of soft power as foreign policy leverage.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Democratisation of employment in the public sector : a constitutional
           perspective grounded in the interpretation of litigated cases between 1996
           and 2013
    • Authors: Ernst J. Van der Westhuizen
      Abstract: Employment in the South African public sector has reached a stage where it can be regarded as being fairly democratised. Democratised, in this context, refers to a democratic order where the state acknowledges key interest groups, such as public employees, as important role players in the procedures,systems and structures of government. One major structural arrangement which has been developed in this regard is the entrenchment of democratic values and principles, such as the acknowledgement of basic human rights as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), which sets out a framework for a new democratic order in workplaces. The courts play an important role in safeguarding the fundamental rights employees.This article highlights the democratic values and principles that govern public administration and discusses court decisions and their implications for public sector employment theory and practice. Using a qualitative research method, in which litigated court cases filed from 1996 to 2013 are interpreted and analysed, this article reports that public employees are mistreated in the workplaces and that their human rights are abused. Emerging areas of concern are unequal treatment, discrimination and unfair labour practices.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Editorial
    • Abstract: In the first article, Policy discourse on the possibility of a Pan-African framework on the free movement of persons, Babatunde argues that an effectively implemented framework on free movement of persons is a key indicator of the depth of the regional integration process. According to him, this realisation shapes regional integration efforts across the globe. In Africa, the lack of a legally binding policy and unevenly developed policies on free movement of persons at the sub-regional level serve as major impediments to development efforts. This raises the importance of ensuring that innovative and effective public policy measures are employed to harness the benefits of mobility and migration. This article proposes policy measures that could shape the design and implementation of a normative pan-African framework on the free movement of persons. It recommends political measures which may include active involvement of regional powers in the realisation of available framework, encouraging inter-regional arrangements on the free movement of persons, strengthening the monitoring and evaluation capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC), as well as active participation of the wider civil society in the formulation and implementation of such a framework.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Policy discourse on the possibility of a Pan-African framework on the free
           movement of persons
    • Authors: Babatunde Fagbayibo
      Abstract: A fundamental corollary of deeper regional integration is the ability of citizens to move freely across national boundaries. The extent to which national elites have managed to relax, or completely eliminate, rigid visa and border requirements bears testimony to the commitment to and importance of creating an effective transnational community. This realisation has shaped, and continues to shape, regional integration efforts across the globe. In the African context, while some regional economic communities (RECs) such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the East African Community (EAC) allow some form of free movement of persons, there is no definitive continental legal framework. At the core of this article is an attempt to engage in a policy discourse regarding the possibility of such a framework, with particular reference to Africa. The role of the African Union (AU) in coordinating, monitoring and evaluating policies of the RECs is central to achieving this objective. This article examines the policy contexts capable of shaping the design and implementation of a continental framework on the free movement of persons.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Mining corporations' psychosocial, economic and political impact on local
           communities : the case of North West province mining complex
    • Authors: Victor Ojakorotu; Richard Kamidza Choja Oduaran
      Abstract: Mining operations in North West Province, South Africa, are contributing to ongoing social, economic, political, environmental and related impacts on nearby communities. Mining houses make use of largely expensive and highly specialized processes of extracting minerals while closely guarding relevant knowledge and information from the general public and related institutions. The article employs the theories of resource curse, accumulation by dispossession and radical materialism, whose concepts elucidate the inextricable links between the actions of states, private entities, and civil society in the dynamics of resource abundance, resource-laden conflict, and human rights abuses. The article analyses several impacts, including tense trade union rivalries with serious political implications at both provincial and national levels of politics; provincial political contestation with equally strong grassroots-focused alliances, and a host of socio-economic related service delivery challenges. The above calls for collective sectoral engagement on the dichotomy of creating billionaires who are juxtaposed with people who are living in abject poverty in communities surrounding the mines.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Decrypting the congress of the people's diminishing electoral prospects
    • Authors: Mashupye H. Maserumule
      Abstract: The Congress of the People's (Cope) 7,42 per cent support in the 2009 general elections was followed by diminishing electoral prospects, which started to emerge as a trend in the 2011 local government elections. Its performance spiralled to its lowest ebb in the 2014 general elections. Because of this, an inevitable question is: What is the fate of Cope? Attempts to answer this question abound, largely ascribing Cope's woes to the leadership contestations that fragmented the party along the Mosioua Lekota and Mbhazima Shilowa binary. This is a dominant narrative, with explanations that the leadership contestations inhibited the efficiency of Cope's machinery to contest elections. Much is written about these aspects, including Cope's ideological question and its internal organisation. This article reconsiders Cope's electoral history to establish a context for yet another account for its diminishing electoral prospects, perhaps beyond the dominant narrative. An electoral prospect is a function of the history of an electoral performance. Electoral statistics are analysed to explain Cope's electoral performance. From this exercise, the article contends that the diminishing electoral prospects of Cope are the consequences of how it fared in the 2009 general elections.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Socio-economic and spatial inequalities in the provisioning of sustainable
           housing in South Africa
    • Authors: Zwelibanzi Mpehle
      Abstract: The provision of housing has remained a major challenge in South Africa given the inherited inequalities and injustices of the past. In this democratic dispensation, the goal of the African National Congress (ANC)-led government is to ensure that the dispossessed citizens own properties by land developments and by creating sustainable housing through the promulgation of legislation to redress land ownership of the dispossessed. Since 1994, the government managed to deliver over one million subsidised units and redistributed land to those who qualify according to the set criteria. Despite such positive developments, the disparities between the poor and the affluent in home and land ownership still continue unabated. While the poor, disadvantaged citizens still encounter challenges to access housing and land due to pecuniary difficulties, the previously advantaged communities and the present affluent continue to enjoy the acquisition of houses, land, and monetary assistance from the financial institutions.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ratapayer's interest in municipal annual reports in South Africa
    • Authors: Daniel D. Scott
      Abstract: Municipal ratepayers are considered to be interested in and significant users of municipal annual reports. An empirical study was conducted to determine the interest of South African ratepayers in their municipal annual reports.To obtain a representative population of municipal ratepayers with e-mail contact details, two reliable databases for the identification of the samples were used. These were from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Companies Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) of the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). The results suggest that ratepayers had little interest either in participating in the survey or in municipal annual reports. According to the findings, ratepayers are concerned about and interested in service delivery. Considering the effort and financial resources required to prepare and publish a comprehensive annual report, the results of this study indicate that a significant user group does not use it; this would seem to indicate the need for a reassessment of the format, preparation and publication of the report.
      PubDate: 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Shepherd Malefane
      Abstract: Consistent with the editorial of the last issue of 2013, the Editorial Committee of Politeia is pleased to announce its reviewed Editorial Advisory Board. The review, as one of the activities that are aimed at keeping up the standard of the journal, was not a mere name-picking process, but a robustly debated activity through which the contribution of selected individuals in the disciplines - political science and public administration, were highly considered. On behalf of the Committee, I congratulate new members of the Board and hope that they will find the responsibility exciting. I also congratulate those that have been retained and wish that, as in the past, they will contribute meaningfully to the success of the journal. This issue presents four articles that, due to their original and meaningful contribution, were selected for publication.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ideologies (new), economics, defence and people : five decades in the
           state of South Africa
    • Authors: Francois De Wet; Ian Liebenberg
      Abstract: The economy of politics and the politics of economy converge in interesting ways, sometimes with long-term consequences for a state. In a crucial and dynamic interface economy, community, (non-)diplomacy, defence posture, balance sheets, the hapless 'citizen' and 'leaders' are all precariously intertwined. It is often argued that the South African economy declined under apartheid as a result of the Border War and international sanctions, with the result that the National Party had little choice other than to engage its contenders in political talks to ensure transition to democracy as a counter to the eventual economic and political collapse of South Africa. Some were of the opinion that the military over-extension of South Africa, especially in Namibia and Angola, became a core reason for the non-sustainability of apartheid. While this argument may hold, it does not mean that transition at the end of the Border War brought guarantees for future economic growth and political stability.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria : a reflection on the failure of
           democratic containment
    • Authors: Lere Amusan; Samuel Oyewole
      Abstract: Democracy is a system of government greatly supported by the vast majority of Nigerians and they are willing to sustain it. It is believed that the system guarantees security and promotes prosperity. It is considered a solution to most problems faced by the country. However, recent security challenges are reflections and continuation of political trends and the prospects of Democracy thriving in Nigeria. The focus of this article is to understand why democratic governments in Nigeria have failed in their effort to contain terrorism in the country as manifested by Boko Haram and other Islamist movements. Some elements of democracy as practised in Nigeria are observed in relations to the emergence of Boko Haram terrorism. It is submitted that, even when it does not equate to a counter-terrorism strategy, democracy still has some mechanisms that could be used to contain some factors that trigger or manifest terrorism.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • The rise of the informal sector in international developmental discourse
    • Authors: Mark K. Ingle
      Abstract: This article documents the rise to prominence of the informal economic sector in academic developmental discourse. After a brief survey of the South African context, the article contrasts the new way of viewing the informal sector with the old. It shows how this shift in attitudes, ranging from grudging respect to outright advocacy, has generated new conceptual tools with which to theorise economic informality. A keen appreciation of the imperatives entailed by the different perspectives of the main protagonists is vital to any reconciliation of the divergent policy prescriptions being advanced for the informal sector. Bureaucrats and human rights activists view informality through very different lenses. The World Bank's exit/exclusion philosophy recognises that economies at different stages of development will require customised approaches in coming to terms with economic informality. However, the common denominator of the theoretical views articulated in the article is a recognition that the informal sector cannot be dismissed out of hand, and that it has grown to the extent that it warrants serious attention and respect. Measures taken by the government to compensate for losses incurred due to informality could prove ultimately to be counter-productive. The informal economic sector has become a force to be reckoned with.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • China's use of soft power as a rising power
    • Authors: F. Paruk
      Abstract: China's foreign policy has been isolationist for most of the past 100 years. During the past 30 years it has gradually shifted to becoming a global power in international relations; in the process it has joined several multilateral organisations and played a key role in establishing its prominence within these organisations.This article focuses on China's use of "soft power" to conscientiously and strategically enhance its global appeal. China's diplomatic strategy uses multilateralism, economic diplomacy and a good-neighbour policy as three forms of soft power in order to increase its attractiveness in the international community and, together with its hard power, to manage its rise as a world power.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • Towards a Better Internet for Children? Policy Pillars, Players and
           Paradoxes, Brian O'Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud, Sharon McLaughlin (Eds.) :
           book review
    • Authors: Corlia Alers
      Abstract: This book, entitled Towards a Better Internet for Children? Policy Pillars, Players and Paradoxes is a major contribution to the body of knowledge regarding the need to develop internet safety policies for children. The authors of the book strive to inform policy decisions on internet safety against young people's online experiences as examined by the European Union (EU) Kids Online II project conducted during the years 2009 and 2011. Additionally, the authors determine in this book how successful online policies are in protecting young people from risks, such as giving out personal information.
      PubDate: 2014-01-01T00:00:00Z
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