EISA's Africa publications

State Capture in Africa: Old Threats, New Packaging


  • State Capture in Africa: Old Threats, New Packaging
    Eds Meirotti, M & Masterson, G, EISA 2018 (papers presented at the 12th Annual Symposium). The state capture that has played out recently in South Africa, in conjunction with the transitional status of many African countries, raises the question of whether these countries, too, are experiencing some form of state capture and what lessons can be learned to safeguard transitional democracies in the region?
  • Checks and balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st century
    Eds G Masterson and M Meirotti, EISA 2017 (papers presented at the 10th Annual Symposium). Constitutions are the bedrock of multiparty democracies. Tension between the principles of democracy - rule by the people - and constitutionalism, as a predominantly elite driven process, have increased across the African continent as constitutional reforms have become regular occurrences in many states since the early 1990s. In this edited volume, some of Africa's leading academics seek to answer questions such as: If constitutional changes continue to be elite driven processes - excluding citizens - can constitutions ever truly be 'living documents' providing the foundations to build and consolidate democratic norms and institutions in Africa?
  • Voter Registration in Africa: A Comparative Analysis
    Ed Astrid Evrensel, EISA 2010 - R120 - order online
    The first part of the book provides an overview of different voter registration methodologies. It identifies guiding principles for voter registration and the latest technologies in teh industry. The second part is devoted to country study reports - The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
  • When Elephants Fight: Preventing and Resolving Election-Related Conflicts in Africa
    Eds Khabele Matlosa, Gilbert M Khadiagala and Victor Shale, EISA 2010 - R120 - order online
    Chronicles contemporary trends and examines electoral conflicts and the way in which various national, regional, and international players have tried to resolve them. Includes detailed case studies on Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
  • Peering the Peers: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism
    Eds G Masterson, K Busia and A Jinadu, EISA, 2010 - R120 - order online
    This volume of essays from leading civil society and governance experts from across the African continent looks at the critical role of civil society in the APRM, and draws lessons on how to both improve the engagement of civil society in the APRM, as well indicate how the APRM might better be integrated into the activities of organisations and communities striving to improve the quality of governance and development in African states.
  • The State, Democracy And Poverty Eradication in Africa
    K Matlosa, K Prah, B Chiroro and L Toulou, 2008 - R150 [Out of stock] - order online
    This volume represents a modest contribution to the policy and academic discourse on the role of the state in democracy and development in Africa, paying particular attention to the state's role in the process of eradicating poverty. The book itself is a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholder it also interrogates the issue that the African state was expected to play a more robust and interventionist role in the development process and inculcating a culture of democrary.
  • Walking a tight rope: EISA and the Challenges of Democracy 1996-2007
    Julia Katherine Seirlis, 2008 - R100 - order online
    The book posed two daunting tests. The first arose from the wide scope of EISA's work and its regional expansion.
  • afr2007pubChallenges of Conflict, Democracy and Development in Africa
    Eds Khabele Matlosa, Jørgen Elklit and Bertha Chiroro, EISA 2007 - R150 - order online
    The overall aim of this volume is to contribute to the on-going academic and policy discourse on the interface between governance, democratisation, security and development in Africa'. The volume itself ia a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholders during the inaugural 2006 EISA annual symposium held in Johannesburg, and provides an overview and analysis of wide-ranging and comparative case studies.
  • The Politics of Party Coalitions in Africa
    Ed Denis Kadima, 2006 - Download chapters
    Authors document, analyse and explain various aspects of the coalition process as it has played itself out in Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa.
  • Party Presence and Voter Trust: Findings from the EISA Pre-Election Day and Exit Poll Survey
    Tom Lodge and S Ntuli, 1999 - R25- order online
    The insights from the survey conducted on the pre-polling day, 1st June 1999, are presented in a commentary on the character of party activity during the election campaign. Unusual for a new democracy, the parties embody a relatively well institutionalised political culture. The second essay considers voters' perceptions after casting their ballots, about integrity of the electoral process. Local levels of trust and confidence in the authorities are evaluated in the light of international experience.
  • Women in African Legislatures and Executives: The Slow Climb to Power, A Reynolds, 1999; order hard copy - R20


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