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Professor Robert Cameron

Robert Cameron is a Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town. He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters on local government, public administration and public service reform. He has written/co-written 3 books. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto.

He was a member of the South African Municipal Demarcation Board (1999-2004) which demarcated local government boundaries for the democratic South Africa. He was voted best academic in the field of Public Administration and Management by the South African Association for Public Administration and Management in 2003. He won the award for best paper presented at the International Association for Schools and Institutes and Administration’s (IASIA) annual conference in Seoul in 2004. He was an editor of a special edition of International Review of Administrative Sciences looking at Public Administration in Africa.


Recent Publications

Articles in Accredited Academic Journals

Redefining Political-Administrative Relationships in South Africa, International Review of Administrative Sciences 76 (4), 2010, pp 676-701.

A Critical analysis of Doctorates in South Africa, 2010, 45 (3), Journal of Public Administration, 45 (3), 549-568, (with C. Milne).

Representative Bureaucracy in the South African Public Service, African Journal of Public Affairs, 2011, 4 (2), 18-35, (with C Milne).

An analysis of metropolitan governance and institutional issues in South Africa, African Journal of Public Affairs, 2011, 4 (3), pp 28-44 (with C Milne).

The State of Public Administration as an Academic Field in South Africa, Politikon, 2013, 40 (3), pp 565-583.

Size, efficiency and local democracy in South Africa. A Preliminary Assessment, African Journal of Public Affairs 2013, 6 (4), pp. 1-20, (with C. Milne).

Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter? In Development Policy Review, 2014, 32 (S1), pp 81–100.

Performance Management in the South African Department of Labour. Smoke and Mirrors, In African Journal of Public Affairs, 2015, 8(1), pp 1-18.

Chapters in Books

South Africa in Adamolekun, L (ed.), Public Administration in Africa. Main Issues and Country Studies. Second Edition Ibadan: Evans Brothers, 2011, pp 491-515.

Representative Bureaucracy in South Africa in von Maravic, P, Peters, G. B. and Schroter, E (eds.), Representative Bureaucracy in Action. Country Profiles from the Americas, Europe. Africa and Asia, Edward Elgar, 2013, Cheltenham, pp 171-187, (with C. Milne).

Conditional Grants in South Africa? Municipal (Mis) Use? in Ndletyana, M and Maimela, D (eds.), Essays on the Evolution of the post-apartheid State – Legacies, reforms and prospects, MISTRA, 2013, pp 165-196.

South Africa’ in Adamolekun (ed.), L. Public Administration in Africa. Main Issues and Country Studies. Second Edition Ibadan: Evans Brothers, 2011, pp 491-515.

Public Service Reform in South Africa: From Apartheid to New Public Management in Miller, K, and Massey, A (eds.), International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance, Edward Elgar, 2015, Cheltenham, pp 135-157.

Other published papers

Civil Service Challenges and Reform in Grace. C. (ed.), Civil Service Reform: Experiences of the United Kingdom, India, South Africa and Nepal, Forum of Federations, 2012, pp 35-52.


Contact details:

  • Physical Address: Room 5.24, Robert Leslie Building, Upper Campus
  • Postal Address: Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7700.
  • Tel.: +27 21 650 3380, 6503799 (fax)
  • Email: Robert.Cameron@uct.ac.za