Research and Publications


AICPS Research Committees
Objective: Facilitation of research specialisation and networking within the AICPS community
Contact Details:
Prof. Joleen Steyn Kotze
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Telephone:  041 504 2123
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Activities: The establishment of a system of informal study groups (SGs) and more formal research committees (RCs). Once a study group has developed core interests and believes that it needs more structure, for example, to pursue research projects, it can apply to AICPS for limited funding, as well as permanent space in colloquia and congresses.

AICPS supports the following study groups:
Gender Studies
The Gender Caucus within AICPS S attempts to provide a platform for political scientists who do research on gender issues to talk about their research and concerns.
It also raises consciousness regarding the male dominant nature of political science within the profession.
The goals of the Caucus is to create more visibility for gender research through drawing attention to publications of gender scholars, to inform colleagues of new gender research and gender conferences and to network its members with members of similar caucuses internationally.  It also attempts to provide a visibility for its members within IPSA.

African Politics
For more information on this group, please contact:

  • Dr. Tendayi Sithole, Tel:012 429 6006

Political Theory
The Political Theory caucus works to circulate important theory journal notifications and book launches through its online platform.  The research group also plans colloquiums around important political theory question.
For more information on this group, please contact:

Quality of Democracy
We are excited to have a new caucus at AICPS looking at the quality of democracy in Africa. The caucus was initially inspired by a similar working group that forms part of the IPSA network. In the caucus meeting at the 2014 AICPS conference it was noted by those attending that democracy is an important subject area for study in Africa, but it can be imagined in different ways by different scholars. For this reason members decided to take an inclusive approach to the study of democracy within the caucus, which will hopefully ensure as many researchers as possible feel encouraged to join our group.
The caucus does not as yet have any firm plans for meetings or projects; however collaborative research is something we would like to work towards. In light of this we encourage all members to specify their broad area of interest. Some areas already identified by members include: democratic structures and political institutionalisation; democracy and intergovernmental relations; democratic practices at the local level; elections; the role of opposition parties; party politics and internal democracy; democracy and socio-economic issues and civil society and democracy.

We also encourage AICPS members to invite scholars in the region who work on issues of democratisation to join our caucus. If you are interested in joining, or following our activities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who is based at the University of the Western Cape, with your contact details and general area of interest regarding your research.

African Politics
The Objectives of the Group are to:

  • Encourage original primary research on different aspects of African politics. It should move beyond polemical public debates, political comments and journalism and should set a standard of research that can be used as the reference sources for other researchers. Research on South African politics done in Africa should be considered as most authentic with a high level of credibility.
    •    promote peer interaction amongst African politics researchers and lecturers in order to form a scholarly community. Mechanisms to achieve it should be explored and used such as joint research projects and publications, and regular meetings. A newsletter or other forms of regular communication as a means to circulate information of common concern can be used. The overall objective is to enhance the status and prominence of political scientists focused on African politics, because often persons in other fields (including journalists) are the main authors of African political publications.
  • Promote a professional approach in the relationship between political scientists and the media, especially with respect to issues in Africa, and in the process promote the relevance of Political Science as a discipline in Africa.
  • Encourage more awareness of new publications appearing in the field and to promote the use of events (seminars, conferences, workshops) to share and discuss research on African politics.
  • Encourage postgraduate studies in African politics and to establish a network of available supervisors and examiners.
  • Share the teaching curricula on African politics used at various universities and to discuss teaching approaches.
    The Focus of the Research Group
    Noting that the focus areas of most of the other Research Groups can overlap with this one, it is presumed that no Research Group will have an exclusive claim on a particular focus area. Without presenting an exhaustive list here, the focus areas include a African political perspective on: political parties, elections, public policy, constitutionalism, parliament, judicial politics, government and governance, political economy, civil society, political history, political philosophy, environmentalism, development, human rights, conflict resolution, peace and security, political culture and values, democracy, and the state.
    Contact details:
    Dirk Kotzé, Department of Political Sciences, Unisa, Pretoria, 012 429-6512 / 082 789 7401
    AICPS Publications
    AICPS publishes a biannual conference proceedings and a working paper series in alternate years.

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URGENT INFORMATION: This is to inform the general public that venue for the 2018 induction ceremony has been changed from the Novella Planet Hotel, Port Novo, Republic of Benin to LTV hall.  The new venue for the induction ceremony of our prestigious and reputable international professional bodies shall be Lagos State Television Combo Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.  

Time :  12 Noon.     
Date :  May 12th,  2018.  Your presence would be highly appreciated sir/ma.



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