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Election Synopsis

Election Synopsis is the specialist publication created by four partner organisations, the Human Sciences Research Council 's Democracy and Governance Programme (HSRC:D&G), the Centre for Public Participation (CPP), the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA), and the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), to research and analyse the 2004 elections, and gauge the implications for governance and democracy for the next five years. Major themes will include public participation, politics and identity, party manifestos and campaigns, and the interpretation of the results of the polls. In addition, the partners will facilitate debate and dialogue in the form of workshops and seminars throughout the country.

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Public Attitudes in Contemporary SA: Insights from an HSRC Survey: We analyse trends and public opinions, adding to the critical debate around consolidating democracy and informing the drive towards sustained growth. more

Democracy SA: Evaluating the 1999 Election: We measure changing public perceptions, explore democratic consolidation, assess policy implications and conduct the first-ever exit poll evaluating free and fair elections and electoral efficiency. more

Democracy SA Public Opinion on National Issues: March 2000: Are South Africans satisfied with service delivery? How do we see national priorities, political preferences, the economy, race relations, crime? Do we trust national institutions? more

Public Opinion and the Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in SA 1999-2001: Our probe includes identity and voting trends; politics, governance and civic knowledge; political party preferences; race relations; HIV/AIDS; economic perceptions; environmental concerns; and families and social networks. more

A new editorial board for a new editorial period

Signaling a new and more dynamic stage in the life of the HSRC Press, an editorial board has been constituted, comprising of ten members with different but complementing skills. With editorial experience reflecting the diversity of the social sciences, these specialists will work together to push the recently created HSRC Press into a well-established position within international spheres of academic publishing.

As part of its commitment to publishing academic research of quality, it is the practice of an academic press to incorporate the peer-review process. The role of the HSRC Press editorial board will thus include receiving and considering reports from external reviewers on all potential HSRC Press publications and making recommendations on books being considered for publication under the HSRC Press imprint. The board will meet quarterly.

The editorial board is headed up by Professor Daniel, who in his long career as a political science academic also spent six years in the 1980s as the Africa Editor of Zed Books in London. From 1996 ? 98, John was seconded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission where he worked in the research department and was part of the team that wrote the five-volume final

The board is made up of the CEO of the HSRC, Dr Mark Orkin; three HSRC Executive Directors (or their designated representatives); Professor Wally Morrow from the ministerially-appointed HSRC Council; three external members from the academic community; and the Publishing Director of the HSRC Press, Mr Garry Rosenberg.

The external members are:

  • Professor Wally Morrow, former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Port Elizabeth, serves on the HSRC Council. Professor Morrow is currently seconded to the National Department of Education as the Chair of the Ministerial Committee on Teacher Education.

  • Professor Irina Filatova, who holds PhDs in History and Political Science and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. Professor Filatova was previously the Director of the School of Social Sciences and Development Studies at the University of Durban-Westville, is widely published and is a member of the Editorial Board of Africa Insight.

  • Dr Owen Sichone, who holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and who is currently a Senior-Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Dr Sichone brings a wealth of publishing and advisory experience to bear, having advised a number of editorial boards and research advisory committees in recent years, including the Africa Institute (Pretoria); the Journal of Southern African Studies; Social Dynamics; and the UCT Press Board.

  • Dr Imraan Valodia, who holds a PhD from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies of the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals, Transformation and South African Labour Bulletin.

The inaugural meeting of the Board will take place in Cape Town on
Wednesday 12 May.