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Robert W. Compton Jr.

The African National Congress and the regeneration of political power, S. Booysen, 2011. Wits University Press.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, D. Acemoglu & J. Robinson, 2012. Crown Publishing (Random House).

A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream, M. Gevisser, 2009. Palgrave-Macmillan.

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Rethinking the Food-versus-Fuel Debate

An Appraisal of International Perspectives and Implications for the South African Industrial Biofuels Strategy

Shaun Ruysenaar

The global rush toward a biofueled future (and subsequent apprehension concerning unintended consequences) has met with powerful and wide-ranging critique. Bolstered by globally increasing food prices peaking in 2008, food insecurity has become a central concern when considering pursuing biofuels. Arguments in the wider literature propose a number of perspectives with which to evaluate the biofuels-food security nexus. In South Africa, however, the debate is largely configured around maize-for-ethanol and polarized between two antagonistic camps. A host of agricultural lobbies and industrial interests argue in support of biofuels while some politicians, civil society, and NGOs argue against it. Both groups draw their arguments from various domains of the food security discourse in support of their cause. This article considers the merits of these opposing arguments in relation to wider perspectives in the literature, in many cases highlighting non-holistic assumptions made by the opposing claimants. This article seeks to rekindle a waning dialogue and provide a more robust outline of the major concerns that need to be addressed when considering biofuels production from a food security perspective. Only then can South Africa expect to weigh up accurately the value of pursuing biofuels production.

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Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

working in the industrialized coastal areas, textile workers in Bangladesh, or township inhabitants in South Africa, believe that globalization—and more precisely, having a job in the global economy—is their chance to benefit from socio

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Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo

Keynote address of the 2011 Conference of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) Rustenburg, South Africa, 30 November 2011

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Robert Compton

Gruzd, S. (Ed.). (2010). Grappling with governance: Perspectives on the African peer review mechanism. Auckland Park, South Africa: Fanele.

Akokpari, J., Ndinga-Muvumba, A., & Murithi, T. (2008). The African Union and its institutions. Auckland Park, South Africa: Fanele.

Ferguson, J. (2006). Global shadows: Africa in the neoliberal world order. Durham: Duke University Press.

Maathai, W. (2009). The challenge for Africa. New York: Pantheon Books.

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Filling in the cracks

Improving on crumbling democratic practices

Victoria Graham

A. Stepan (ed.). (2009). Democracies in danger. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

L. Diamond and M.F. Plattner (eds.). (2009). Democracy: A reader. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

A. Jeeves and G. Cuthbertson (eds.). (2008). Fragile freedom: South African democracy 1994–2004. Pretoria: University of South Africa Press.

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Round table report

Advancing regional social integration, social protection, and the free movement of people in Southern Africa

Lorenzo Fioramonti

The round table on “Advancing regional social integration, social protection, and free movement of people in Southern Africa” was organized as part of the conference “Regional governance of migration and social policy: Comparing European and African regional integration policies and practices” held at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) on 18–20 April 2012, at which the articles in this special issue were first presented. The discussion was moderated by Prince Mashele of the South African Centre for Politics and Research and the participants included: Yitna Getachew, IOM Regional Representative for Southern Africa, Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA); Jonathan Crush, University of Cape Town and Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada, representing the Southern Africa Migration Program (SAMP); Vic van Vuuren, Director of Southern African ILO; Vivienne Taylor, South Africa Planning Commission; Sergio Calle Norena, Deputy Regional Representative of UNHCR; Laurent De Boeck, Director, ACP Observatory on Migration, Brussels; Wiseman Magasela, Deputy Director General Social Policy, South African Department of Social Development; and Sanusha Naidu, Open Society Foundation for South Africa.

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Constanza Parra and Casey Walsh

animals in Australia; popular participation in international negotiations on climate change; local mobilizations against pollution by corporations in South Africa; community-based environmental management in Tasmania; and multi-scalar environmental

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Richard Widick and John Foran

fieldwork at the UN climate talks in South Africa (2011), Qatar (2012), Warsaw (2013), Lima (2014) and Paris (2015), 1 what we can do is show how the inexorable march of climate change and the plodding UN policy response are producing a crucial new site for

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Karen Hébert, Joshua Mullenite, Alka Sabharwal, David Kneas, Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon, Peter van Dommelen, Cameron Hu, Brittney Hammons, and Natasha Zaretsky

, journalistic exposé on the trials of water inequity as they occur through varied iterations of management regimes in California, Chile, South Africa, India, Egypt, and Iraq expertly utilizes the strength of multisited ethnography. This is accomplished through