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Acta Universitatis Danubius. Administratio     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administração Pública e Gestão Social     Open Access  
Administration : Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Gestión y Política Pública     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Indonesian Journal of Community Engagement     Open Access  
International Affairs and Global Strategy     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
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International Journal of Environmental Policy and Decision Making     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
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Journal of Social Work Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Jurnal Ilmiah Administrasi Publik     Open Access  
Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Law and Administration in Post-Soviet Europe : The Journal of Kolegium Jagiellonskie Torunska Szkola Wyzsza     Open Access  
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Local Government Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Macramè. Trame e ritagli dell’urbanistica     Open Access  
Middle East Law and Governance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
National Civic Review     Hybrid Journal  
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Nordic Tax Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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P3T : Journal of Public Policies and Territory     Open Access  
Parliaments, Estates and Representation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
People Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Pittsburgh Tax Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Policy & Internet     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
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Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Policy Studies Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Publius: The Journal of Federalism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Qualit@s Revista Eletrônica     Open Access  
RACE - Revista de Administração, Contabilidade e Economia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Regards sur l'économie allemande     Open Access  
Regional Science Policy & Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Research on Economic Inequality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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Revista Brasileira de Administração Científica     Open Access  
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Revista Mexicana de Análisis Político y Administración Pública     Open Access  
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública     Open Access  
Revista Pensamento Contemporâneo em Administração     Open Access  
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Rivista trimestrale di scienza dell'amministrazione     Full-text available via subscription  
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Social Policy & Administration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
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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: 2)
Studi Organizzativi     Full-text available via subscription  
Surveillance and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
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  • Politeia: Editorial
    • Authors: Roberts; Benita
      Abstract: The extent to which the South African public service will be able to fulfil its mandate of delivering services in an efficient and effective manner depends largely on the quality of managers in public institutions.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:47Z
  • Politeia: The role of higher education in developing and retaining the
           best managers for the public service : a South African perspective
    • Authors: Wessels; J.S., Van Jaarsveldt, L.C.
      Abstract: The challenge facing a country from the so-called south, such as South Africa, is to secure the highest quality of leadership for the economy in general and for the public service in particular. The question that guides this article is: 'Are institutions of higher education suitable learning providers for equipping the public service with the best?' The article investigates issues such as the fundamental purpose of institutions of higher education, the competencies that the management cadre of the public service in a developing country such as South Africa require, and the providers of learning that are involved in equipping public servants. It is argued in this article that if universities stick to their fundamental 'idea', namely to transport new ideas into the minds of their students, and in this specific case into the minds of managers in the public service, they will undoubtedly be a suitable provider of learning. If public service managers are inspired by new ideas about their profession or vocation and the challenges they face, they will most probably be motivated to meet those challenges in new and innovative ways.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:47Z
  • Politeia: A comparative overview of the organisational culture in the
           Department of Defence
    • Authors: Van Rensburg; J.L. Jansen
      Abstract: Over the past few years, surveys based on a value system developed for the Department of Defence (DOD) have been used to determine members of the DOD's attitude towards it. The survey was initially conducted during the 2000 annual omnibus and repeated during September 2003, August / September 2004 and September 2005 using the same measuring tool. The 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 findings have been compared to determine changes in the respondents' attitudes towards the value system of the DOD. . The identification of the independent variables with the factors / value clusters and individual values over the relevant periods are reported comparatively. The results are presented in summarising tables in order to compare the changes over the particular periods. Using the 2000 findings as a basis it was found that respondents displayed a less positive attitude towards DOD values during 2003, but this changed during 2004 and 2005, when a more positive attitude was measured. . Possible reasons for this are investigated.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:46Z
  • Politeia: Affirming women in managerial positions in the South African
           public service
    • Authors: Mello; D.M., Phago, K.
      Abstract: Democracy requires all members of the public to be afforded equal opportunities. South Africa is still a young democracy grappling to redress the imbalances of the past, which were not only about colour but also about gender and many other inequities. Prior to 1994, the South African public service systematically marginalised women across the colour spectrum. The introduction of the enabling legislation on affirmative action after1994 meant that women were classified as a category of the previously disadvantaged. Government departments have since then been expected to comply with this legislation and advance women who have the right qualifications and experience to managerial positions from which they were previously excluded. The first part of this article examines the legislative frame work and progress that has been made in the appointment of women to managerial positions in the South African public service. Statistics are used to quantify the progress that has been made. The second part of the article analyses obstacles that hamper the advancement of women. Lastly the article focuses on possible ways of addressing obstacles to the advancement of women.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:45Z
  • Politeia: The observance of democratic governance practices in human
           rights and democracy-orientated NGOs in Lesotho
    • Authors: Bauer; C., Motsamai, S.E.
      Abstract: In the context of Lesotho, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are defined as non-governmental entities or not-for-profit organisations. In terms of this definition, every organisation in Lesotho that is not part of the government, and which does not generate profit for self-enhancement, can be regarded as a non-governmental organisation. Political parties and NGOs are included in this definition and in Lesotho, both political parties and NGOs use one legal instrument for the purpose of registration. Lack of democratic governance within NGOs in Lesotho is responsible for a level of instability in the NGO sector. The level of instability is thought to have a negative impact on the ability of NGOs to deliver services aimed at improving the lives of the poor. The state of instability in this sector may divert the attention of NGOs from following their objectives and development goals, thus negatively affecting social and economic development. It is against this background that the level of democratic governance of NGOs in Lesotho will be discussed in terms of promoting management effectiveness, accountability, responsiveness and political legitimacy. These are essential for sustainable development in Lesotho and other developing countries. The aim of this article is to examine to what extent human rights and democracy-orientated NGOs in Lesotho are adhering to democratic governance principles.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:44Z
  • Politeia: Delimitation of local government ward boundaries in the Tshwane
    • Authors: Napier; C.J.
      Abstract: The importance of geographic space for the election of representatives to legislatures is introduced. The impact of delimited spatial areas on the strengths of political parties and their representation in legislatures is referred to following the1 March 2006 South African local government election. Legislation, structures and processes are assessed, as well as the consequences of the 2004-2005 ward delimitation process in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Suggestions are made as to what an ideal local government ward should look like. The difficulties in achieving fair representation at ward level, and how delimitation processes could be improved to achieve fair representation, are discussed.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:44Z
  • Politeia: Governance and transparency in South Africa
    • Authors: Cloete; F., Auriacombe, C.J.
      Abstract: This article assesses the roles of access and transparency as crucial elements of good governance. The current dominant global governance paradigm implies inter alia that government activities should be accessible and transparent in the spirit of evidence-based policy assessment. This goal is not easily attainable at the best of times, and is fraught with difficulties in developing countries. The article first conceptualises the roles of access and transparency in international experience and practice.Next, the article summarises the problems of achieving good governance in developing countries. In those countries there are a number of social, economic and political constraints that complicate the effective implementation of measures to improve transparency (where they exist). Finally the article looks into mechanisms adopted by the South African government to promote access to information and to foster transparency and good governance.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:43Z
  • Politeia: Managing organizational behaviour, W. Fox : book review
    • Authors: Smith; Frank H.
      Abstract: It cannot be denied that there are a vast number of books and articles available on organisational behaviour. For the most part these publications employ a generic approach and unfortunately originate outside South Africa. Very little has been written on organisational behaviour in South Africa or on organisational management in the public service, in particular.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:43Z
  • Politeia: Educating People to be Emotionally Intelligent, Reuven Bar-On,
           Kobus Maree and Maurice Elias : book review
    • Authors: Van Schalkwyk; Andre
      Abstract: It cannot be denied that there are a vast number of books and articles available on organisational behaviour. For the most part these publications employ a generic approach and unfortunately originate outside South Africa.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:18:42Z
  • Politeia: Editorial
    • Authors: Roberts; Benita
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:47Z
  • Politeia: Exercising the mind with integrated development planning
    • Authors: Ingle; Mark
      Abstract: The contention of this article is that an undue fixation on the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) as an end product, as opposed to the processes that should be implicit in its formulation, has tended to detract from the IDP's considerable potential for instilling an ethos of real intellectual engagement within local authorities. All too often municipalities have elected to outsource the hard thinking that is part and parcel of the growth towards planning maturity that grappling with the IDP should engender.The paper presents a brief rationale for the IDP along with some of its envisaged outcomes. It then turns to unpacking different gradations of knowledge by way of showing how adherence to the IDP disciplines should take the form of a progression from ignorance to enlightenment. The article concludes with a short analysis of a Free State Local Municipality's IDP where the focus is on its HIV / Aids programme. It is concluded that the document's shortcomings betray a failure on the part of the municipality concerned to come to grips with its responsibilities as outlined by the legislative framework that informs the IDP.The fact that many local authorities have proved unequal to exhibiting the rigorous thinking that the IDP calls for is no good reason to abandon what is, in its essence, a sine qua non for effective developmental local government.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:46Z
  • Politeia: The 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa :
           ultimately supreme without a number
    • Authors: Van Heerden; Mike
      Abstract: In the constitutional history of South Africa, it was customary to provide the constitution with an Act number. Prior to the implementation of the 1993 Constitution (now repealed), Parliament was sovereign and as such could adopt, amend and repeal any law that it wished to. No distinction was made between a constitution and other ordinary parliamentary legislation. In pursuance of this tradition, Parliament passed the 1993 Constitution and accordingly allocated an Act number to it. Parliament became subordinate to the Constitution when it came into operation on 27 April 1994 and became the supreme law of the Republic (section 4). This switch in position meant that South Africa moved from a Westminster-type political order to one with a supreme Constitution. When the Constitutional Assembly embarked on the process of drafting a 'new' Constitution, it was erroneously allocated an Act number. The numbering was made superfluous by virtue of the fact that the 1996 Constitution was supreme and that it was drafted by the Constitutional Assembly and not by Parliament. This article explores the numbering issue in detail and analyses the provisions of the Citation of Constitutional Laws Act, 2005, that brought about certain fundamental changes to the manner in which the current Constitution should be referred to.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:45Z
  • Politeia: Distant greener grass? Lessons for South Africa from New
           Zealand's experience of new public management
    • Authors: Barrett; Jonathan
      Abstract: Between 1984 and 1999, a bipartisan elite of like-minded actors led the transformation of the New Zealand public service from a classical bureaucracy into a complex of competitive organisations informed by market principles. These changes, commonly referred to as 'the New Zealand model', were essential for a radical re-imagining of New Zealand society in commercial terms. As South Africa seeks ways to improve its public service, lessons may be learnt from the New Zealand experience of reformed public management.This article investigates that possibility. First, essential background is provided and an outline is sketched of the New Zealand political and constitutional context and of the ways in which the New Zealand public service was restructured. Second, adopting Jurgen Habermas's conception of democratic discourse as a critical benchmark, restructured public management in New Zealand is measured against criteria familiar to South Africans in the constitutional era. Finally, having outlined developments in New Zealand public management after 1999, tentative proposals are put forward for lessons that South Africa might learn from New Zealand's experience of new public management.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:45Z
  • Politeia: Organisational innovation : some emerging environmental
           governance models in South Africa
    • Authors: Muller; Kobus
      Abstract: In South Africa, like elsewhere in the world, the complexities of natural resource management and the postmodern reality of a fragmented institutional landscape complicate efforts to develop effective institutions for environmental governance. The transformation of South African society in general - and, specifically, the transformation of processes and the institutional landscape - following the transition to democracy opened a window of opportunity and a willingness on the part of the various role players to experiment with novel and innovative organisational forms and arrangements. In line with the 1992 Rio Earth Summit thinking, the idea that a decentralised set of networks and partnerships holds the most promising institutional prospect for the future - qualified with the argument that the transformation imperatives might sometimes necessitate central guidance - is generally accepted as a point of departure.. The emergence of regional and community-based natural resource management is new in the South African context. Working for Water (WfW), one of the government's flagship programmes, was the first to be initiated in 1995. The establishment of the first biosphere reserve dates back to 1998, while the first of the water catchment management agencies was created seven years after it was legislatively mandated in1998. Some other initiatives, such as Cape Action for People and the Environment (CAPE) and Working on Fire Programme were initiated in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Because these structures are still evolving, they offer a unique opportunity to study and compare the evolution of these systems for the purposes of both organisational and social learning. Although it is perhaps too early to draw definitive conclusions on the success of these models, some pointers to guide future research may be derived from the initial observations of the emerging features of the selected models and processes.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:44Z
  • Politeia: Democracy and the committee system of the South African
           Parliament with special reference to the Standing Committee on Public
    • Authors: Obiyo; Robert
      Abstract: This article examines the role and status of Parliamentary Committees (PCs) in relation to both democratic representation and the Executive branch of government, with a particular focus on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA). Attention is drawn to the shift that has occurred in the way SCOPA functions and how it interacts with political interventions and tendencies external to the Committee; this, of course, has serious implications for the quality of democratic political life in South Africa. Here the so-called watchdog role of SCOPA is shown to be internal to and constitutive of the democratic formation of the popular will. This is done by developing the deliberative implications of the notion of the popular will itself and by showing the role of PCs in relation to this deliberative dimension upon which democracy itself ultimately depends. The notion of a threshold concept of reasonable adequacy is introduced as limiting the conditions under which committee decisions can legitimately be taken by means of a majority vote. The argument is advanced that the minimum standard requirements, which precede legitimate committee decisions through voting, were clearly not met in the SCOPA decision on the Arms Deal. SCOPA's endorsement of the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages Report by majority vote does not endow this Report with legitimacy at all. In endorsing this Report, SCOPA failed in its essential wider role, that is, the democratic sovereignty of the South African people. The article more broadly identifies and discusses the implications of this collapse of SCOPA for South African democracy in terms of deliberative democratic theory.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:44Z
  • Politeia: Oil in the water : Crude power and militancy in the Niger Delta,
           Ibiba DonPedro : book review
    • Authors: Obi; Cyril I.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:43Z
  • Politeia: Policy guidelines and planning towards sustainable ecotourism in
           the Kingdom of Nepal : some aspects considered
    • Authors: Smith; Frank
      Abstract: The Kingdom of Nepal (hereinafter referred to as Nepal) is a developing country with very limited natural resources. This means that it has to rely on development aid from other countries. Its greatest assets are a large section of the Himalayas and an abundance of cultural and historical sites within its borders.These assets, if properly managed, could form the foundation of a developing ecotourism industry which, together with foreign aid, could lead to increasing numbers of foreign visitors visiting the country, increased investments and job creation. A solid infrastructure, however, is important if Nepal wishes to attract foreign visitors to the country. In this article, the writer will look at the steps taken by the Nepalese authorities to attract ecotourists to the country, the reasons why tourists visit the country and the future of ecotourism in Nepal.
      PubDate: 2016-05-06T11:15:43Z
  • Politeia: 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: 2016-04-22T07:25:47Z
  • Politeia: Polarity in contemporary international politics : a
           uni-interpolar order?
    • Authors: Tella; Oluwaseun
      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: 2016-04-22T07:25:46Z
  • Politeia: Development, politics and the feasability of hosting the olympic
           games in Africa
    • Authors: Labuschagne; Pieter
      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: 2016-04-22T07:25:45Z
  • Politeia: South Africa's soft power : a comparative content analysis
    • Authors: Ogunnubi; Olusola
      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: 2016-04-22T07:25:44Z
  • Politeia: Democratisation of employment in the public sector : a
           constitutional perspective grounded in the interpretation of litigated
           cases between 1996 and 2013
    • Authors: Van der Westhuizen; Ernst J.
      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: 2016-04-22T07:25:43Z
  • Politeia: 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: 2016-04-22T07:23:19Z
  • Politeia: Policy discourse on the possibility of a Pan-African framework
           on the free movement of persons
    • Authors: Fagbayibo; Babatunde
      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: 2016-04-22T07:23:18Z
  • Politeia: Mining corporations' psychosocial, economic and political impact
           on local communities : the case of North West province mining complex
    • Authors: Ojakorotu; Victor, Kamidza, Richard, Oduaran, Choja
      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: 2016-04-22T07:23:16Z
  • Politeia: Decrypting the congress of the people's diminishing electoral
    • Authors: Maserumule; Mashupye H.
      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: 2016-04-22T07:23:15Z
  • Politeia: Socio-economic and spatial inequalities in the provisioning of
           sustainable housing in South Africa
    • Authors: Mpehle; Zwelibanzi
      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: 2016-04-22T07:23:14Z
  • Politeia: Ratapayer's interest in municipal annual reports in South Africa
    • Authors: Scott; Daniel D.
      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: 2016-04-22T07:23:13Z
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