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Too dependent to participate: ward committees and local democratisation in South Africa
Will participatory local government structures help deepen democracy in South Africa? That is the proclaimed purpose of the ward committee system, the centre- piece of post-apartheid local government reform, intended to ...
Democracy by accident: the rise of Zuma and the renaissance of the tripartite alliance
In party organisational terms, the rise of Jacob Zuma to the Presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) is a victory for the alliance partners and the struggle-era vision of the ANC as a popular front, or the ‘ANC ...
Expert advocacy for the marginalised: how and why democratic mediation matters to deepening democracy in the global South
(Institute of Development Studies, 2011)
Summary: The paper argues that the practice of democratic mediation is an increasingly common, yet under-researched, component of engagements between citizens and public authorities across the globe. While the actors who ...