Dr Vinothan Naidoo is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies and teaches in the Public Policy and Administration programme. He has an MA in Political Studies from Rhodes University and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Cape Town. His research interests include institutional transformation in the South African public sector, institutional co-ordination, political-administrative relations and the developmental role of the bureaucracy. Prior to joining UCT Dr Naidoo was directly involved in many government and donor-commissioned research studies on issues such as public sector restructuring, inter-governmental relations, and service delivery responses in South Africa.
Publications, review essays and selected research reports
(2017) Measuring corruption risk in the South African public service: an institutional analysis. African Journal of Public Affairs, 9(6): 73-87.
(2017) The governance of basic education in the Eastern Cape. With Kota, Z., Hendricks, M., and Matambo, E. ESID Working Paper No. 83. Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester.
(2016) "Thieves of State: Why corruption threatens global security". Review essay, in South African Journal of International Affairs, 23(1): 123-125.
(2016) Efforts to Coordinate and Integrate Water Services in South African Metropolitan Municipalities: A Review. With Kılıçoğlu, C. and Cameron, R. Journal of Public Administration, 51(1): 85-102.
(2016) When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education. With Cameron, R. Working Paper, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, UCT.
(2015) Implementing the National Development Plan? Lessons from co-ordinating grand economic policies in South Africa. With Maré, A. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 42(3): 407-427.
(2015) Bentley, K.A., Naidoo, V. Implementing the Post 2015 Agenda at National Level: Children's Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Africa. Research report for Save the Children South Africa (SCSA).
(2015) Changing conceptions of public ‘management’ and public sector reform in South Africa. International Public Management Review, 16(1): 23-42
(2014) Armitage, N., Fisher-Jeffes, L., Carden, K., Winter, K., Naidoo, V., Spiegel, A., Mauck, B., Coulsen, D. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) for South Africa: Framework and Guidelines. WRC Report No. TT 588/14. Gezina: Water Research Commission.
(2014) Party-state relations in South Africa in a period of transition. In Butler, A (ed.) Remaking the ANC: party change in South Africa and the global south. Auckland Park: Jacana.
(2013) The politics of anti-corruption enforcement in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 31(4): 523-542.
(2013) The challenges of policy coordination at a programme level: why joining up is hard to do. Development Southern Africa, 30(3): 386-400.
(2013) Cadre deployment versus merit? Reviewing politicization in the public service. In Daniel, J. et al (eds.) New South African Review 3: The second phase – tragedy or farce? Johannesburg: Wits University Press.
(2012) Expenditure volatility and provincial government reform in South Africa. Politeia, 31(2): 49-69.
(2010) Government responses to street homelessness in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 27(1): 129-141. Special issue: Street people in South Africa.
(2009) Reviewing South Africa’s efforts to combat corruption in its bureaucracy: 1994-2009. With Jackson, P. South African Governance in Review: anti-corruption, local government, traditional leadership. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
(2009) Revisiting administrative capacity in the context of public service transformation. Journal of Public Administration, 44(4): 991-1010.
(2009) The provincial government reform process in South Africa: policy discretion and developmental relevance.Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 36(2): 259-274.
(2008) Assessing racial redress in the public service. In Bentley, K.A., Habib, A. (eds.) Racial redress and citizenship in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
(2008) Confronting management dilemmas: the introduction of single public service legislation in South Africa.Journal of Public Administration (43) 4: 581-591.
(2006) Observations on Defining a Developmental State Administration in South Africa. Journal of Public Administration (41) 3: 479 - 490
(2005) A Human Rights Perspective on Policy Implementation Processes: Observations from the South African Public Service Administratio Publica (13) 1: 122-150.
(2005) Exploring Options for Evaluating the `Development Orientation' of Public Administration in South Africa Africanus: Journal of Development Administration (35) 2: 53-66.
(2004) State of the Public Service. In Daniel, J., Southall, R., and Lutchman, J. (eds.) State of the Nation: South Africa 2004-2005. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
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Current Doctoral Supervision
(in Public Administration)
|The use of food gardens to mitigate food insecurity: the case of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality.|
(in Public Administration)
|An Historical Institutional Analysis of the Public Service Commission in South Africa: Negotiating the line between politics and administration.|
(in Public Administration)
|Reforming citizen engagement in budget and policy planning: case studies of citizen participation in devolved Kenya.|
Current Master's Supervision
Past Supervision (from 2010)
(in Public Administration) 2015
|Implementing sanitation for informal settlements: Conflicting rationalities in South Africa.|