Dr Vinothan Naidoo
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Room 5.23, Robert Leslie Social
Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact
Comparative Public Institutions (administrative theory)
Comparative Public Administration; Policy Implementation and Evaluation
Doctoral students supervised to completion:
Masters students supervised to completion:
Books and book chapters
(2020) Naidoo, V. South Africa (Republic of South Africa). In Griffiths, A., Chattopadhyay, R., Light, J., Stieren, C. (eds.) The Forum of Federations Handbook of Federal Countries 2020. Palgrave Macmillan.
(2019) Political transformation and education sector performance in South Africa. In Hickey, S., Hossain, N. (eds.) The Politics of Education in Developing Countries: From Schooling to Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Levy, B., Cameron, R., Hoadley, U.
(2018) The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: a tale of two South African provinces. Oxford University Press. With Levy, B., Cameron, R., Hoadley, U (eds.)
(2018) Education policymaking at national level – the politics of multiple principals. With Robert Cameron. In, The Politics and Governance of Basic Education
(2018) Provincial governance of education – the Eastern Cape experience. With Zukiswa Kota, Monica Hendricks, and Eric Matambo. In, The Politics and Governance of Basic Education
(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) 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.
(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.
(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.
Peer reviewed journal articles & occasional papers
(2021) Localising democracy on an uneven playing field: the roles of ward councillors in the City of Cape Town. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 24: 40-59.
(2021) South Africa: when strong institutions and massive inequalities collide. With Levy, B., Hirsch, A., Nxele, M. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
(2019) Transitional Politics and Machinery of Government Change in South Africa. Journal of Southern African Studies, 45(3): 575-595.
(2017) Measuring corruption risk in the South African public service: an institutional analysis. African Journal of Public Affairs, 9(6): 73-87.
(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.
(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) Changing conceptions of public ‘management’ and public sector reform in South Africa. International Public Management Review, 16(1): 23-42
(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.
(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) 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) 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.
(2016) "Thieves of State: Why corruption threatens global security". Review essay, in South African Journal of International Affairs, 23(1): 123-125.
Recent research reports
(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).
(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.
(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.