The primary international affiliations of SAAPS are the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), and the World International Studies Committee (WISC).

Our Vision Statement

SAAPS is dedicated to the promotion of the discipline of Political Studies in South Africa and the African continent.

To achieve this the association aims to:

  • Support the development of South African scholars and teachers in a demographically balanced manner;
  • Develop and implement a sustainable research agenda;
  • Establish regional and global linkages with similar associations;

In order to effect these objectives, SAAPS shall strive to:

  • Maintain the academic excellence of its journal, Politikon;
  • Undertake regular marketing and membership drives, with a special emphasis on the recruitment of emerging and student scholars;
  • Enable members to participate in conferences and other activities by rotating these events between different academic institutions; and
  • Recognise outstanding contributions to the discipline and the association by way of special awards.