n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial note
|Article Title||Editorial note|
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Author||Mutuwafthethu J. Mafunisa|
|Publication Date||Dec 2011|
|Pages||1229 - 1230|
In reaffirming its commitment to contextual discourse, this December edition of the Journal of Public Administration continues with its function of serving the truth. This is clear in the quality and rigour with which the articles, research reports, and case studies, which all tackle contemporary topical issues of governance, are presented. The articles are engaging and relevant to our current context. Tshishonga and Maphunye's article examines South Africa's trajectory towards a democratic developmental state from a human development perspective. By relating human development to the concept of a developmental state, Tshishonga and Maphunye add a very important dimension to the discourse. As defined by the United Nations Human Development Report (1990), human development is concerned with the process of enlarging people's choices. This involves a whole range of activities that need to be undertaken, with the state being in the centre playing a critical role, which should be interventionist in its strategic, organisational and technical outlook in directing social and economic development.
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