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Politikon

South African Journal of Political Studies (Taylor and Francis)

Editor-in-Chief

Christopher Isike
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Vieze08@gmail.com

Politikon is ranked in the Social Sciences Citation Index and has a 2019 Impact Factor of 0.917. It focuses primarily on South African politics, but not exclusively so. Over the years Politikon has published articles by some of the world's leading political scientists, including Arend Lijphart, Samuel Huntington, and Philippe Schmitter. It has also featured important contributions from South Africa's leading political philosophers, political scientists and international relations experts. It has proved an influential journal, particularly in debates over the merits of South Africa's constitutional reforms (in 1983 and 1994).

In the last twenty years (1999 – 2019), special issues have focused on contemporary issues of political science debates such as women and politics in South Africa, the South African general elections (1999 and 2019), Africa’s relations with emerging powers, xenophobia and civil society, non-racialism in South Africa, and 40 years of political science in South Africa (2013). Others include 20 years of South African democracy from below (2014), environmental sociology, decolonization after democracy in South Africa, and security infrastructures. Broadly, articles have looked at a wide range of issues from the negotiated transition from Apartheid to democracy, aspects of identity politics in post-Apartheid South Africa and issues of democratic consolidation. Politikon regularly publishes other value adding features such as critical editorials and topical reviews, analytical book reviews, correspondence on published articles and  rigorous debates on the ethical grey areas between academic freedom and academic activism in South Africa.

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Editorial Board

  • Heribert Adam – Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Sandy Africa – University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Kristina Bentley – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Pieter Fourie – Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Amanda Gouws – Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Adrian Guelke – Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
  • Adam Habib – University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Manuel Hassassian – Bethlehem University, Palestine
  • Shireen Hassim – University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Joleen Steyn Kotze – Human Science Research Council, South Africa
  • Tom Lodge – University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Mahmoud Mamdani – Columbia University, USA
  • Christoph Marx – University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Robert Mattes – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Achille Mbembe – University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Mammo Muchie – Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Ephraim Nimni – Queen's University of Belfast, UK
  • Aletta Norval – University of Essex, UK
  • Funmi Olonisakin – Kings College London, UK
  • Abdi Samatar – University of Minnesota, USA
  • Meenal Shrivastava – Athabasca University, Canada
  • Vladimir Shubin – Russian Academy of Science, Russia
  • Hussein Solomon – University of Free State, South Africa
  • Siphamandla Zondi – University of Johannesburg, South Africa