Research and policy ideas formulated by the NSI can take many forms: academic articles, policy reports, opinion articles, working papers, case studies, books, among other formats. All our production is open access, and its use and dissemination are encouraged – upon citation. In this section you will find all the publications released by the NSI and its team of researchers.
Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa is being stolen￼
This is the famous report that came out in 2017 and that helped galvanise opposition to South Africa’s ‘silent coup’. It has been called one of the most important examples of how academic research can shape the public debate anywhere in the world.
Dangerous Elites: Protest, conflict and the future of South Africa
The "Dangerous Elites" report is the result of a partnership between GAPP and the Institute for Security Studies. Released in March 2022, the study highlights that ANC governments have failed to manage elite disputes among their cadres and, from 2007 onwards, these conflicts have spilled onto the streets, wrongly understood as "protests for improved public service delivery". However, during the Jacob Zuma administration, at the height of the state capture process, these protests were suppressed through conflict management via repression and patronage.
The Paradox of Reform: A response to the Ramaphosa government’s proposal for professionalising the public service
On 27 October 2021, GAPP launched the report "The Reform Paradox", a response to the then draft National Implementation Framework Towards the Professionalisation of the Public Service, published by the National School of Government to collect feedback and comments at public hearings. The report was also presented to the NSG Director, Mr Busani Ngcaweni, in an open webinar.
The gendered character of welfare: Reconsidering vulnerability and violence in South Africa
In an article published in the journal Social Dynamics, Jelena Vidojévic and Ivor Chipkin highlight the gender profile of social welfare policies in South Africa, which in its current guise excludes young adults from social protection. In the authors' evaluation, the only way to structure an effective welfare state in a country characterised by structural unemployment would be to adopt a Universal Basic Income Grant.