20 Years of South African Democracy

So Where to Now?

20 Years of South African Democracy: So Where to Now? is the outcome of a conference marking the beginning of South Africa’s third decade of democracy hosted in November 2014 by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) at the University of South Africa.

The main focus of the conference was projective reflections into the next two decades of democracy. It aimed to deal with the theoretical perspectives underpinning the state of South Africa in two decades of democracy and, most importantly, prospects for the future. This publication covers the following main themes of the conference:

• Reflections on Historical Moments
• The South African Political Economy
• Values, Nation formation and Social Compacting
• Innovation and Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Action
• Building a Capable Development State
Contained herein are inputs from a wide range of prominent South African and international thinkers,
practitioners and activists. Some are in the form of prepared papers and others are taken from
transcripts of presentations. They are presented in the hope that the thought-provoking and incisive
discourse that took place at the conference can contribute to the continuation of a discussion that,
by its nature, can have no end.​

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