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The Department of Political and Conflict Studies

Peer-Reviewed National and International Publications

Refugee perceptions of the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Centre in Africa Insight Vol. 41 (3)  In collaboration with Derek Taylor.

Non-racialism, nation-building and democratic consolidation in South Africa. (Under peer-review at Politeia).

Ke Nako: Service delivery as a key challenge for the Zuma Administration – a developmental local government perspective. Journal of Public Administration In collaboration with Derek Taylor.

In search of Justice: African and Western approaches to transitional justice in Journal for Peace and Justice Studies Volume 20 no. 2.

In search of Africa’s democratic theory: Exploring liberty, equality and democratic construction in the Cold War Article forthcoming in Journal of Contemporary History Vol. 35 no. 1 pg. 1 – 20.

Assessing substantive democracy: Post-Polokwane political rhetoric in Journal of Public Administration Vol. 40 (1.1)

Steyn Kotze, J. And K. Raga. Floor Crossing and representative democracy: An assessment of a procedural democratic dilemmas in South Africa’s electoral past in Politeia Vol. 28 (3) pg. 59 – 79.

Civic Culture and the Botswana Democracy in Acta Academica Volume 40 (4)

Service delivery and voter behaviour: A comparative overview of the 2004 General Elections and the 2006 Local Government Elections in Politeia Volume 25 (3)

Publication of Article in Iliso August 2002 entitled “Constitutionalism, Civil Society and Political Leadership in Namibia: Following the African Tradition?”

National and International Scientific Conferences

Critical discourse analysis and liberal democratic consolidation theory presented at the Biennial Conference of the South African Association of Political Science, University of Stellenbosch (September 2010)

Westernising Africa or creating democracy? Liberal democratic discourse and Africa’s “democratic stubbornness” presented at the South African Association of Political Sciences Biennial colloquium at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, (September 2009)

To consolidate or unconsolidate: A non-Western appraisal of theory of democratic consolidation presented at the World Congress of Political Science Congress, Santiago, Chile (July 2009)

An overdue appraisal: The need to rethink democracy theory presented as a prelinary session at the 4th annual International conference of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Athens, University of Athens (July 2009)

Citizenship, identity and the politics of belonging in Africa. presented at the South African Sociological Association at WITS University, (June-July 2009)

An Overdue Appraisal: the need to rethink democracy theory presented as virtual presentation at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Tuscany, Italy (July 2008)

Discourse analysis and democracy theory: A new approach to democratisation studies presented at the South African Association of Political Studies Conference at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, (September 2008)

Behavioural foundations for consolidation of democracy in Southern Africa: The Botswana Experience presented at the South African Association of Political Science Conference at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town (September 2006)

Public versus Private institutions: A small scale investigation of scholars’ perceptions in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality presented at the South African Sociological Association Congress at the University of Limpopo, Polokwane (June 2005). A collaboration with Chantel Harris

Tolerance as a precondition for consolidation of democracy – Reflections on and lessons from Namibia presented at the South African Association of Political Science Research Biennial Colloquium at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg (September 2005)

Ten Years of Democracy: An analysis of canvassing in South Africa presented at the South African Sociological Association Congress at the University of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein (September, 2004)

“The Relationship between Constitutionalism, Civil Society and Political Leadership: Implications for Democratic Consolidation – Examples from the Namibian democracy presented at the South African Political Studies Research Colloquium at University of Pretoria Hammanskraal Campus (October 2002)

International Awards

In 2009 Joleen Steyn Kotze was awarded the International Award in Research Excellence in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Her paper An overdue appraisal: The need to rethink democracy theory was the winning paper for the year 2008 in the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. She will present a plenary session on her award winning paper.

Book Reviews

Lars Buur and Helena Maria Kyed (eds) (2007) State recognition and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa: A new dawn for traditional authorities? (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) ISBN 978-0-230-60033-1 In Politikon Vol. 35 (2).

K. MATLOSA, J. ELKLIT AND B. CHIRORO (Eds) ( 2007) Challenges of conflict, democracy and development in Africa Johannesburg: EISA. ISBN: 978-1-920095-64-2. Forthcoming in Politeia.

B. Pharek. (2007) Rethinking multiculturalism: Cultural diversity and political theory 2nd edition New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 1-4039-4453-9 for Theoria.