Democracy & Governance

New titles in this category

Overcoming Apartheid Can truth reconcile a divided nation?
South African Social Attitudes Changing Times, Diverse Voices
State of the Nation: South Africa 2005-2006

All titles in this category

An African Peace Process
Mandela, South Africa and Burundi
Kristina A Bentley; Roger Southall

This monograph outlines the origins and nature of the conflict in Burundi. It discusses the problems of establishing democracy in a region where ethnic conflict has occasioned genocide, traces the peace process in detail and assesses the prospects for the future.

210mm x 148mm
R 120.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2090-7

Cost Recovery and the Crisis of Service Delivery in South Africa
David A McDonald; John Pape (eds.)

Based on case studies from a number of South African municipalities, this groundbreaking publication examines cost recovery and its implications for service delivery  in South Africa. This study looks at how cost recovery affects access to services, affordability and privatisation. Alternatives to cost recovery are also explored.

245mm x 168mm
R 135.00
ISBN: 0-7969-1997-6

Debating High Skills and Joined Up Policy
Andre Kraak; Hugh Lauder; Phillip Brown; David Ashton

Debates about ‘governance’ both within and outside of the South African state are increasingly turning to the question of ‘coordination failure’ – the inability of government to make interventions in key problem areas which require the inputs and actions of several government departments and agencies acting in concert with each other. Too often, the opposite occurs – the silo effect – where government departments work in isolation, unable and in some cases, unwilling to act on the interdependencies that straddle their governance responsibilities.

210mm x 148mm
R 80.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2133-4
March 2006

Democracy Compromised
Chiefs and the politics of the land in South Africa
Lungisile Ntsebeza

Democracy Compromised puts the spotlight on traditional authorities and addresses two main issues: first, how despite their role in the apartheid state, traditional authorities not only survived, but have won unprecedented powers of rural governance in South Africa’s democracy, and second, how they derive their authority. In this original and compelling study, Lungisile Ntsebeza carefully details the fascinating history of the chieftaincy in the Xhalanga area of the Eastern Cape. He shows how traditional authorities have been dependent on the support of the state since the advent of colonialism and how deeply traditional structures have been contested. Light is shed on the unexpected renaissance of these authorities under ANC rule and the role of traditional leaders in the process of land allocation is clearly explained.

238mm x 159mm
R 240.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2130-X
April 2006

Democracy in Africa:
Moving beyond a difficult legacy
Roger Southall

This paper examines the political and socio-economic factors that influence democratisation throughout South Africa and the African continent. The emphasis is on the policies and impact of government, business and civil society in reducing inequality and poverty. Issues of community empowerment are also examined as a way to promote sustainable development.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2017-6 (D&G 2)

The Development Decade?
Economic and Social Change in South Africa, 1994-2004
Vishnu Padayachee (ed)

Covering an impressive breadth of issues, the international development specialists who have contributed to this volume significantly deepen our understanding of the key socio-economic issues in the first decade of South Africa’s democratic governance.

240mm x 168mm
R 260.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2123-7
April 2006

Education in Exile
SOMAFCO, the ANC school in Tanzania, 1978 to 1992
Seán Morrow; Brown Maaba; Loyiso Pulumani

This co-authored book re-lives the experiences of young South African exiles at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO) in Tanzania. South Africans from all backgrounds and solidarity workers from many parts of the world showed what new ways of thinking about teaching and learning could achieve.

240mm x 165mm
R 175.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2051-6

Every Step of the Way
The journey to freedom in South Africa
Written by Michael Morris; Commissioned and funded by the Ministry of Education; Compiled by the Social Cohesion and Integration Research Programme of the HSRC

In an extraordinary and engaging account this book traces the paths South Africans have followed from pre-colonial times to the democratic present, providing fascinating personal and historical details, and raising provocative questions about the choices, mistakes, contradictions and key themes in the emergence of the complex society that South Africa is today.

240mm x 168mm
R 115.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2061-3

Food Security and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa
Scott Drimie; Simphiwe Mini

Southern Africa experienced acute food shortages during 2002 and 2003. Against this background, the authors of this occasional paper investigate the issues around food security, assess the outlook for global food security and draw their conclusions accordingly.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2028-1 (IRRD 6)

Fragments of Democracy
Nationalism, development and the state in Africa
Gavin Williams

Originally presented as a lecture, this occasional paper argues that definitions of democracy are incomplete and their meanings dependent on their historical context. The author illustrates his premise with examples taken from throughout Africa and reflects on development and debt, class and politics, African nationalism, multi-party elections, citizenship and accountability.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2026-5 (D&G 3)

Identity? Theory, Politics, History
Volume 1 in the series
Simon Bekker; Rachel Prinsloo (eds.)

Nation-building and the politics of identity in post-apartheid South Africa is the focus of this collaborative publication. This book is the first of three companion volumes in a series that examines the role of ethnicity, religion, gender and language in forming national identity and strengthening democracy.

210mm x 148mm
R 140.00
ISBN: 0-7969-1916-X

Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa
The unfinished business of democratic consolidation
Henning Melber (ed.)

This ground-breaking collection of essays on Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa opens a long-awaited debate on the transformation of some former liberation movements into authoritarian and elitist governments. Is authoritarianism built into liberation structures? Is it inherited from colonial systems? Is liberal democracy inherently elitist?

210mm x 148mm
R 200.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2025-7

Local Government, Local Governance and Sustainable Development
Getting the parameters right
Doreen Atkinson

This is an examination of the transformation of South Africa's apartheid local government system into a development-oriented system of municipal governance. Continuing short and long-term interventions by both the central and provincial governments will be needed if local government is to deliver its desired outputs.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2079-6 (IRRD 4)

National Identity and Democracy in Africa
Mai Palmberg (ed.)

This is the third volume in the collaborative series, Identity? Theory, History, Politics. It focuses primarily on identity and nation building in Africa and includes cultural landscapes, power and conflict, literary critiques and discourses on the politics of nation building. Policy-makers, academics, postgraduate students and scholars will find this essential reading.

210mm x 148mm
R 155.00
ISBN: 0-7969-1901-1

The National Liberation Struggle in South Africa
A case study of the United Democratic Front, 1983-1987
Gregory F Houston

This study of the United Democratic Front movement reveals the type of democratic organisations that emerged during the anti-apartheid struggle: their structures, membership and practices. The emergence and proliferation of community organisations central to the strategies of mass mobilisation and organisation are also examined as well as the spread of revolutionary consciousness throughout black civil society.

210mm x 148mm
R 165.00
ISBN: 1-84014-955-8

Overcoming Apartheid
Can truth reconcile a divided nation?
James L Gibson

Drawing on one of the most comprehensive surveys of post-apartheid attitudes to date, and employing innovative conceptual and methodological tools, Gibson’s analysis offers both encouraging and disheartening insights into the success of the truth and reconciliation process. This is a major contribution to the literature on transitional justice and conflict resolution.

235mm x 160mm
R 190.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2071-0

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Peace-making in Divided Societies
The Israel-South Africa analogy
Heribert Adam

This occasional paper explores lessons that the unresolved Israel-Palestinian conflict can draw from South Africa's 'negotiated revolution'. Six realms are compared: economic interdependence, religious divisions, third party interventions, leadership, political culture and violence. The author also sheds light on the nature of ethnicity as well as the limits of negotiation politics.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2080-X (SCI 2)

Popular Attitudes Towards the South African Electoral System
Report to the Electoral Task Team
Roger Southall; Robert Mattes

In order to provide the Electoral Task Team (ETT) with the most useful information on public attitudes, this occasional paper focuses on measuring public views of the electoral system and assesses what citizens want out of a voting system in general.

210mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2084-2 (D&G 1)

Public Attitudes in Contemporary SA
Insights from an HSRC survey

This compilation analyses South African trends and public opinion between 1999 and 2001 on key policy areas and contributes to the debate around the challenges to, and prospects for, consolidating democracy in South Africa. It provides all stakeholders in South Africa with information and analytic insights.

210mm x 148mm
R 110.00
ISBN: 0-7969-1994-1

Shifting African Identities
Volume II in the Series: Identity? Theory, Politics, History
Simon Bekker; Martine Dodds; Meshack M. Khosa (eds.)

This volume is the second in the series, Identity? Theory, Politics, History. It includes Neville Alexander's important study of the link between language and identity in South Africa. The other nine papers include studies of the process of identity construction in the southern African and Great Lakes regions, the Congo, Sudan and Nigeria.

210mm x 148mm
R 145.00
ISBN: 0-7969-1986-0

South Africa’s role in conflict resolution and peacemaking in Africa
Conference proceedings
Roger Southall (ed)

Since its transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has become increasingly drawn into the resolution of conflicts and the promotion of peace and stability on the wider African continent. This has followed from the high reputation of its own negotiated settlement as a model for other conflict torn countries to emulate, the iconic status of Nelson Mandela as a master of reconciliation and forgiveness, and not least the sense in Pretoria that South Africa has a moral obligation to ‘repay’ Africa for the sins of apartheid and that it has some considerable capacity, military and economic, to do so.

210mm x 148mm
R 180.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2129-6
April 2005

South African Social Attitudes
Changing Times, Diverse Voices
Udesh Pillay; Benjamin Roberts; Stephen Rule (eds.)

A country’s attitudinal profile is as much a part of its social reality as are its demographic make-up, its culture and its distinctive social patterns. It helps to provide a nuanced picture of a country’s circumstances, its continuities and changes, its democratic health, and how it feels to live there. It also helps to measure the country’s progress towards the achievement of its economic, social and political goals, based on the measurement of both ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ realities.

240mm x 168mm
R 190.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2117-2
March 2006

State of the Nation: South Africa 2003-2004
John Daniel; Adam Habib; Roger Southall (eds.)

This volume is the first in a series by leading South African intellectuals on the state of post-apartheid South Africa. It provides insightful analysis of post-apartheid polity, political parties the state and civil society, race relations, land reforms and education, foreign relations, employment, unemployment and the changing nature of trade unionism.

210mm x 148mm
R 175.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2024-9

State of the Nation: South Africa 2004-2005
John Daniel; Roger Southall; Jessica Lutchman (eds.)

The second volume in a series by leading South African intellectuals on the state of post-apartheid South Africa, this publication provides a comprehensive and frank picture of contemporary South Africa. It includes critical insights into the state of the political parties after the 2004 election, race and identity, the economy and the state of employment, emerging patterns of business ownership and the effects of HIV/AIDS.

210mm x 148mm
R 180.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2086-9

State of the Nation: South Africa 2005-2006
Sakhela Buhlungu; John Daniel; Roger Southall; Jessica Lutchman (eds.)

State of the Nation: South Africa 2005-2006 is the third in the HSRC’s exciting annual volume of essays on aspects of contemporary politics, economics, society and international relations in South Africa. This series has, in a relatively short period, become established as part of the annual South African scholarly calendar. Coverage in the media, international as well as South African, has been extensive; controversies have been stirred; both previous volumes have been prescribed as university texts locally and abroad; they have found their way into South African embassies around the world and foreign embassies in South Africa; and most importantly, many ordinary South Africans have purchased the books simply to find out more about the complex and fascinating country we live in.

210mm x 148mm
R 190.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2115-6

The Theatre of Violence: Narratives of protagonists in the South African conflict
Don Foster; Paul Haupt; Marésa de Beer

This profound and deeply compassionate study aims to reach into the complexities of political violence in South Africa between 1960 and 1994, and to expand our understanding of the patterns of conflict that almost drew South Africans into a vortex of total disintegration during the apartheid era.

240mm x 170mm
R 180.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2095-8
March 2005

What Hold Us Together
Social cohesion in South Africa
David Chidester; Phillip Dexter; Wilmot James (eds.)

Leading intellectuals from business, organised labour, community organisations, government structures and academics examine the effects of a whole range of global forces on local forms of identity, coherence and cohesion. This compelling book merits close attention from anyone interested in the wide-ranging effects of globalisation on South Africa.

210mm x 148mm
R 200.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2030-3

White Lies
Canon Collins and the secret war against apartheid
Denis Herbstein

This is the story of one man’s single-minded, unremitting, always creative, campaign to provide material support to South Africa’s liberation struggle, assisting leaders like Nelson Mandela and ordinary township and rural activists, as well as families who suffered because their loved ones were political prisoners, had fled into exile or been killed by the apartheid regime.

200mm x 130mm
R 170.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2088-5

Whose Right it is Anyway?
Equality, culture and conflicts of rights in South Africa
Kristina A Bentley

The author of this occasional paper explores the conflict of individual and collective rights in a democratic South Africa. Using two examples, the paper considers the obstacle to women’s equal rights posed by African customary marriages and the restrictions placed on the daily lives of an Eastern Cape community by environmental policy

205mm x 148mm
R 50.00
ISBN: 0-7969-2031-1 (D&G 4)