Peoples’ Agency, Popular Participation, Democratization, and Integration in Southern African Development Community Region, edited by Korwa Gombe Adar, Dorothy Mpabanga, Kebapetse Lotshwao, Thekiso Molokwane, and Norbert Musekiwa, engages in the debate associated with "the people of Southern Africa" (people of the Region)—democratization and integration nexus envisaged in the 1980 treaty which established the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Using political and public administration perspectives, the editors argue that for democratization and integration to be tangibly consolidated and institutionalized, direct involvement of the people of Southern Africa, the peoples' agency, is paramount and would lead to what is dubbed in this book as sadcness and sadcnization. More specifically, democratization and integration are about people (citizens), the sovereigns, and not merely the abstract actors called nation states. Using the case studies of Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, the contributors have, from political and public administration dimensions, engaged in this epistemology assessing, among other things, the peoples' of Southern Africa-the Southern Africa Development Community integration nexus.
Korwa Gombe Adar is professor of international studies at the University of Botswana.
Dorothy Mpabanga is associate professor in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of Botswana.
Kebapetse Lotshwao is senior lecturer in Politics at the University of Botswana.
Thekiso Molokwane is senior lecturer of public administration at the University of Botswana.
Norbert Musekiwa is senior lecturer of public administration at the University of Botswana.
List of Abbreviation
Part One: SADC Citizens’ Sovereignty, Popular Participation and Democratization of the Region: Political Administration Dimensions
Introductory Context: Theorizing the Role of Southern African Development Community Citizens’ Sovereignty and Popular Participation in the Integration and Democratization of the SADC Region,
Korwa Gombe Adar
Nuno Fragoso Vidal
Keaoleboga Dipogiso, Lawrence Ookeditse, Shirley Monyatsi and Batlang Seabo
Arcenio Francisco Cuco and Felizardo Antonio Pedro
Part Two: SADC Citizens’ Sovereignty, Popular Participation and Democratization of the Region: Public Administration Dimensions
Eurico Josue Ngunga
Dorothy Mpabanga, Lawrence Ookeditse, and Thekiso Molokwane
Josie Volaravo Dominique
Henriques Jose Henriques
Norbert Musekiwa, Gideon Zhou, and David Mandiyanike
Part Three: Conclusion: Towards Sadcness and Sadcnization in Southern African Development Community Region
Conclusion and Recommendations
About the Editors and the Contributors
"What is democracy without peoples' agency, participation, and sense of belonging? The answer is in this timely, rigorous comparative study of South African Development Community. This volume will influence studies on SADC for decades to come."
"The authors of this book are examining a rather complicated and often overlooked role that the people play in the formation of regional identity in regional integration studies. While maintaining their focus on the SADC region and introducing new concepts, specifically Sadcness and Sadcnization, this book offers new theoretical approaches in the study of regional integration. As such, it can be used as a guide and reference for policy makers as well as researchers in the study of African regional integration. Therefore, it should be in all government institutions, NGO’s as well as libraries."
"Sustained regional integration is core to the realization of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. In exploring the possible realization of sadcness and sadcnization in Southern Africa through regional integration, this book employs the doctrine of popular sovereignty to underscore the role of the people as primary agents and beneficiaries of integration. This book uniquely contributes to the ongoing debate on regional integration making it a timely text for students of international studies and related courses, and a reference tool for policymakers, governments, and diplomats."
"This book has tackled the deeply challenging question, why citizen-centerd integration is key to democratization of regional institutions. The editors and contributors build on this cognition to initiate a fundamental debate premised on the understanding that ‘people’s agency’ is and will remain central to SADC's integration. This book is widely enriched in well-ordered ontologies, addresses the punctum caecum of most African institutions in fulfilling their development emancipation, and as such, this book is ideal for historians, political anthropologists, political scientists, and public administration scholars."