n Journal of Public Administration - Consolidation of coordination in the centre : trends in public policy-making in South Africa

Volume 41, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



In the early 2000s, public policy-making in South Africa witnessed the restructuring of the Presidency of South Africa - an institution that became central to policy-making in democratic South Africa. The restructuring process followed on the first five years of post-apartheid, democratic government, and stood in the wake of Thabo Mbeki's 1999 accession to the Presidency of the country. In a 2001 article in the , the author recorded the early parts of accompanying changes in stake-holding in public policy-making, from broad consultation to early centralisation. In the period since 2001, the early trends towards institutional centralisation have evolved into an elaborate system of coordination and integration of public policy-making. These trends became pivotal to policy processes in South Africa. They are the primary focus of this article. The system of coordination emerged against the background of increasing emphasis on policy implementation, review, and extension. The article maps and analyses these important changes in the heart of the Mbeki policy machine, with a particular focus on the period from 2001 to 2006.

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