State of the Nation

STATUS: Current
PROJECT LEADER:Bohler, N (Prof. Narnia)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: Govender, K (Ms Koshen), Davids, YD (Dr Derek), Walters, M (Ms Melissa), Shanker, TR (Ms Tanya), Kanyane, MH (Prof. Barwa), Mamba, BM (Ms Busi), Krishnan, EM (Ms Estelle), Zikhali, T (Ms Thobekile), Roberts, BJ (Dr Benjamin), Viljoen, J (Mr ), Pienaar, GD (Adv Gary), Cosser, MC (Dr Michael), Hagg, G (Dr Gerard), Mchunu, NO (Mr Ngqapheli), Steyn Kotze, J (Prof. Joleen), Gordon, SL (Dr Steven), Bees, E (Ms Eileen), Struwig, J (Ms Jare)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
RESEARCH OUTPUTS: An ethico-political approach to poverty and inequality: embodying care and corporeal citizenship, Thinking ethically about women, power and land in South Africa, A normative approach to the minimum core: minimum requirements for a life of dignity, Anti-immigrant violence as social group control vigilantism?: understanding attitudes, behaviours and solutions, Diminishing the power of the x: the electoral effect of corruption perceptions, A foreign policy of ubuntu?: South African foreign policy values and priorities, Ethics, politics, inequality: new directions: state of the nation, The right to education in South Africa: policy tensions and the quest for balance, Realising socioeconomic rights: a reconceptualised constitutional dialogue, Towards a social cohesion barometer for South Africa, Traditional institutions of governance: legitimate partners in governance or democracy compromised?


Between 2003 and 2008 the HSRC published its annual flagship publication State of the Nation. Taking the South African national agenda as its organising framework, SoN provides an in-depth and independent analysis of the year under review. The publication stimulates contemporary debates on key issues in a significant way and received wide critical acclaim as a reference source that shaped public policies, political actions and individual and collective decisions. For each volume senior scholars are invited as volume editors and contributors of chapters in the areas of politics, economics, society, health and environment, and South Africa in a global context. In view of its historical high demand and the need for vibrant national and continental debates, the Human Sciences Research Council has decided to re-launch this authoritative annual publication from 2013. The 2012-13 volume addressed the issues of poverty and inequality, while the 2014 volume deals with 20 years of freedom and democracy. The 2018 volume is the first in a series of five that will focus on poverty and inequality as the major issues in the country. Its title is Poverty and Inequality: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Responses. The 2020 volume deals with the ethical approach to addressing poverty and inequality.