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Prof Jeremy Seekings

Jeremy Seekings

Professor of Political Studies and Sociology also Director of the Centre for Social Science

Prof Jeremy Seekings

I am interested in a wide range of topics concerning politics and society, in the present and historically, in Southern Africa and some other parts of the world. My first work was on the struggle against apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s and the transition to democracy in the 1990s. In the 2000s and 2020s I have continued to work on South Africa, including on social stratification and inequalities (class, status, race, gender), the transformation of kinship and families, and the history and contemporary politics of poverty reduction and welfare-state-building. Over the past decade I have worked increasingly elsewhere in Southern Africa (and parts of East Africa), the Caribbean and (most recently) parts of the Mediterranean, focusing on (a) public policy with an emphasis on poverty reduction and social protection and (b) political parties, elections and voting. I am Director of the Centre for Social Science Research and an active researcher in the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa. I have a strong interest in the combination of quantitative and qualitative research.

Contact details:

Email: jeremy.seekings@uct.ac.za.

Tel: +27 21 650 3505

Physical address: Leslie Social Science Building 4.27, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701.

Current research:

  • Building an African welfare state: From drought relief to social protection in Botswana
  • International organisations, national governments and social protection in East and Southern Africa
  • The origins of the Maltese welfare state
  • Political parties, local elites and voters in Zambia and Botswana

Link to CV

Recent publications:

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Welfare Politics in Africa, in Nic Cheeseman (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0190632342).

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Basic Income Activism in South Africa, 1997-2019’, in Richard Caputo and Larry Liu (eds), Political Activism and Basic Income Guarantee: International Experiences and Perspectives Past, Present, and Near Future (London: Palgrave) (ISBN 978-3-030-43904-0): 253-72.

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Voters, Parties and Elections in Zambia’, in Tinenenji Banda, O’Brien Kaaba, Marja Hinfelaar and Muna Ndulo (eds), Democracy and Electoral Politics in Zambia (Leiden: Brill, 2020) (ISBN 978-90-04-42502-6): 116-145.

Jeremy Seekings, ‘The Effects of Colonialism on Social Protection in South Africa and Botswana’, in Carina Schmitt (ed.), From Colonialism to International Aid: External Actors and Social Protection in the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan) (ISBN 978-3-030-38199-8): 109-35.

Jeremy Seekings, ‘The Social Question in Pre-apartheid South Africa: Race, Religion and the State’, in Lutz Leisering (ed.), One Hundred Years of Social Security: The Changing Social Question in Brazil, India, China, and South Africa (London: Palgrave, ISBN 978-3-030-54958-9): 191-220.

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Reformulating the ‘Social Question’ in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Zola Skweyiya, Dignity, Development and the Welfare State’, in Lutz Leisering (ed.), One Hundred Years of Social Security: The Changing Social Question in Brazil, India, China, and South Africa (London: Palgrave, ISBN 978-3-030-54958-9): 263-299.

Jeremy Seekings, ‘The National Party and the Ideology of Welfare in South Africa under Apartheid’, Journal of Southern African Studies 46,6 (December): 1145-62.

Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass, ‘South Africa’s Lockdown Misfire’, Journal of Democracy 31,4 (October): 106-121

Jeremy Seekings, ‘The vernacularisation of global rights discourses and social protection in African regional arena’, Global Social Policy (published online, December).

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Failure to feed: state, civil society and feeding schemes in South Africa in the first three months of Covid-19 lockdown, March to June 2020’, CSSR Working Paper 455 (Cape Town: Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town).

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Bold promises, constrained capacity, stumbling delivery: the expansion of social grants in response to the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa’, CSSR Working Paper 456 (Cape Town: Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town).

Jeremy Seekings, ‘Urban Social Protection in Africa’, CSSR Working Paper 460 (Cape Town: Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town).

Hickey, Sam, and Jeremy Seekings, ‘Who Should Get What, How and Why? DFID and the Transnational Politics of Social Cash Transfers’, ESID Working Paper 131 (Manchester: Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, The University of Manchester).

 

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