Category Archives: South Africa

Performing opposition in the South African National Assembly

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In this blog, Rachel Johnson makes the case for exploring disruptive performances in South Africa’s National Assembly. This approach can give us a new perspective on dominant party democracy in post-apartheid South Africa. Rachel is a lecturer in African History at the University of Durham.

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South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view: part two

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In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities. In this second post, Matthew explores the rural-urban divide in the electoral landscape and looks at prospects for non-racialism going forward. Matthew is a Fulbright Fellow and PhD candidate in history at Harvard University.

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South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view

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In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities. In his first post, Matthew deals with the long duree of the ANC and the DA, taking an optimistic position on the prospects of the DA. His second post will explore the growing urban and […]

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Press freedom debates and journalism scholarship in South Africa

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Kicking off our series on the media and democracy, Herman Wasserman highlights the role that academics can play in ongoing debates over media freedom. He focuses in on the role played by journalism scholars and educators in response to proposed reforms in South Africa. Herman is a Professor of Media Studies at Rhodes University and […]

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South Africa at the polls, and beyond.

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In this blog piece our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the run-up to South Africa’s polls, and the longer-term political questions that remain for citizens in South Africa. Sarah Jane is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. 

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Why the quality of democracy matters for women’s rights in democratising states

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This week, we build on our successful gender and politics series by sharing two blogs that provide additional angles on key issues in the field. We start with an article by Denise Walsh, which uses the cases of Chile and South Africa to highlight the ground that women can gain by organising early and gaining […]

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New Working Paper Series on India, Brazil and South Africa

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In this blog, the co-editors of a new working paper series on IBSA tell us about their project. SJ Cooper-Knock, Indrajit Roy and Cintia Kulzer Sacilotto are all based at the Oxford Department of International Development. You can find the first paper in the series, on the politics of sustainable development, here.  

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Why elections in Bostwana and South Africa can be ‘free’ but not ‘fair’

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In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that […]

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‘We are the relay team’: remembering Mandela.

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In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock, reflects on the way in which Mandela has been remembered and the responsibilities that come with saluting his long walk to freedom.      

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On predictability. The everyday struggles of shack dwellers in South Africa

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Last week, the award-winning film, Dear Mandela, by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza, was screened at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After the screening, there was a question and answer session with one of the founding members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, a social movement for shack dwellers in South Africa, who were the […]

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