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The Political Economy of the Welfare State, July 2012
2012 Course Outline

The overall aim of this course, to be held in the July 2012 winter term, is to survey debates over state intervention in selected fields of social policy, political economy and political ecology. ‘Political economy’ refers to the overall configuration of power relations in public policy formulation, which in turn is an outcome of institutional evolution, accumulation processes, social struggles and other factors both global and domestic. The ‘Welfare State’ is a phrase that emerged to describe northern societies during the Keynesian, social-democratic era, but analysis of welfare state functions can also be usefully translated to other settings, including Africa, as well as practices and ideologies within multilateral institutions, bilateral donor relations, the aid industry and other actors in society’s reproduction. From below, the analyses, strategies, tactics and alliances of civil society forces were often decisive and bear careful attention, especially with the 2011 rise of oppositional popular movements demanding socio-economic justice and democracy in North Africa and the Middle East, southern Europe, several Africans and even the United States. South Africa is the primary case site, but other countries in the global North and South will be considered, including the US, Norway and Zimbabwe.

Civil Society & Development Course

Masters Degree – Development Studies, Population Studies
Civil Society & Development Course – 4th Quarter 2012

The Civil Society and Development course is designed to introduce students to the concept of civil society and the influence and impact of civil society organisations on development trajectories. It will explore various theories and interpretations of civil society from societas civilis to global civil society, review debates on NGOs and the rise of new social movements and analyse state / civil society relations with reference to democratisation and development. There will be a specific focus on civil society in South Africa. The course will also examine philanthropy and social entrepreneurship within the ambit of the civil society sector.

RASSP Archive
This Course is now longer run by CCS

The Research and Analysis Skills Strengthening Programme (RASSP) was established by the Center for Civil Society in partnership with the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E) The central aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the research and advocacy skills of civil society organisations in South Africa.

At present 38 community activists have completed the RASSP and have qualified for research grants that has enabled them to conduct their own community based research. The Centre is currently in the process of publishing the research reports in its publication series and will also publish a collection of the reports as a book.


SIT Study Abroad: South Africa: Globalisation and Development, October 29- November 5


CCS 'Civil Society & Development' course with Sufian Bukurura & Dennis Brutus 4-18 July


Useful publications

Bond, Patrick  (2008) Global capitalist crisis and African resistance:
Analysis, evidence, practice . Paper presented at International Forum on Globalization  : 1-41.

Bond, Patrick (2013) Bond BRICS report-back in Clairwood slides. Sarah Bracking & Patrick Bond at SDCEA workshop, Clairwood, 20 April : 1-28.

Bracking, Sarah  (2013) The Economics of Port expansion:
growth and jobs for whom?. Sarah Bracking & Patrick Bond at SDCEA workshop, Clairwood, 20 April : 1-13.

Thando Manzi & Wanda, Jabulile & Zulu, Philani (2013) Study on Socio Economic Conditions in Cato Manor.  : 1-34.

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