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Title:Conflicts between directors-general and ministers in South Africa 1994-2004: a 'postulative' approach
Author:Maserumule, Mashupye HerbetISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:government departments
political conflicts
administrative reform
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589340701715505
Abstract:Conflicts between directors-general and their ministers in South Africa are often brought into the public domain by the media. This 'chronic' phenomenon is an important subject in political administrative interface discourse that necessitates scholarly engagements because of its potential to thwart public service delivery. In this article the issue of conflicts between the directors-general and their ministers during the first decade of democracy in South Africa is examined from a 'postulative' perspective, which is a hypotheses-setting approach. In the context of three major trends in the transformation of the public service in South Africa since the inception of the democratic regime in 1994, various hypotheses about the causes of conflicts at the political administrative interface are made. Scholars in the field of politics and governance are challenged to engage 'postulative' statements or hypotheses propagated in this article by subjecting them to analytical scrutiny to either validate or disprove them. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]