Since its establishment in 1980 the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has largely been a state driven organization, with the people of Southern Africa, though enshrined in the treaty, remaining observers in the SADC democratization and integration agenda. The Southern African Development Community Treaty-Nexus: National Constitutions, Citizen’s Sovereignty, Communication, and Awareness, edited by Korwa Gombe Adar, Dorothy Mpabanga, Kebapetse Lotshwao, Thekiso Molokwane, and Norbert Musekiwa, brings in the people of Southern Africa, the key beneficiaries of the integration agenda, in the SADC democratization and integration epistemology. Using the new concepts of sadcness and sadcnization, this book operationalizes from legal, communication, and awareness perspectives, the nexus of the people of Southern Africa, democratization, and integration in the SADC region. From legal and communications lenses, the contributors argue that 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 engage in this epistemology and assess, 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 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.
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Introductory Context: Citizens’ Sovereignty, Popular Participation, National Constitutions-SADC Treaty Nexus: Analytical, Conceptual, and Theoretical Frameworks
Korwa Gombe Adar
Part One: Sovereignty of the People of Southern Africa, National Constitutions and the SADC Treaty-Nexus: Legal Dimensions
Nelson D. Antonio
Gosego Rockfall Lekgowe and Keaoleboga Dipogiso
Steve Tametong and Idah Razafindrakoto
Madalena da Piedade Chiconela Santana
Rita Ozoemena and Marlon Zakeyo
Part Two: SADC Citizens’ Sovereignty-SADC Nexus: Communication and Awareness Dimensions
Luca Bussotti and Jose Katito
Letshwiti Batlhalefi Tutwane
Laura Antonio Nhaueleque
Alexander M. Rusero
Part Three: Conclusion and Recommendations
Conclusion and Recommendations
About the Editors and the Contributors
"This book The Southern African Development Community Treaty-Nexus: National Constitutions, Citizens' Sovereignty, Communication, and Awareness is a clear-eyed chronicle of development in diverse aspects. It presents vivid testimony of regionalism and its essentials. A masterly piece, deep in coverage, detailed in presentation, and packaged with comprehensive illustrations."
"This volume, The Southern African Development Community Treaty-Nexus: National Constitutions, Citizen’s Sovereignty, Communication, and Awareness edited by Korwa Gombe Adar, Dorothy Mpabanga, Kebapeste Lotshwao, Thekiso Molokwane, and Norbert Musekiwa, is by all means a seasonable magnum opus that is long overdue in the quest for addressing the role of the sovereigns in regional democratization and integration. The new concepts sadacness and sadcnization are poised to generate epistemological debate on regionalism and regionalization in Southern Africa and Africa in general. This book is a must for colleges, universities, government departments, and international organizations."
"This book is a timely publication for two main reasons. Firstly, it provides an insightful discussion on democracy, democratic consolidation, citizenship, constitutionalism and inadvertently security from a regional perspective. Its central argument that democracy and democratization cannot succeed in the SADC region without the prioritization of ‘the people’ as sovereigns resonates with regional sentiments as substantiated by country case studies. Secondly, while the book is not about security specifically, it touches on a fundamental issue of security discourse--the people as object of security. By describing southern African people as sovereigns and crucial to democratic consolidation, this book unintentionally reiterates the contemporary understanding of security as being associated with people rather than territories. This innovative interpretation makes this book critical to security and strategic studies subfields of international relations and a valuable reference material for scholars, students, policy makers and the general public."
"The trend towards integration is a commonplace. In Africa, regional integration was mooted by some colonialists but the idea gained credence and momentum in the post-colonial era. It is often seen as a club of African leaders. This Sadcness and Sadcnization book is an ambitious, multidisciplinary evaluation of Southern African Development Community. It is fresh, relevant, and an invaluable resource for scholars of history, politics, and economics. Through his checklist of regions, topics, or questions--and considering that this book follows hot on the heels of East Africaness--Professor Adar has created a niche for himself. It can be applied to other regions outside Africa."
"An appetizingly original contribution to the scholarship on sovereignty and regionalism in Southern Africa. A must-read."