Political Science
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Prof Janis van der Westhuizen


BA Hons (RAU); MA (Stellenbosch); Ph.D (Dalhousie)

Teaching spe​cialisation

Comparative Politics (3rd year level); Comparative Political Economy of Development (Honours level); Comparative Political Economy (2nd year level).

Research​ interests

Comparing Brazil and South Africa as rising powers (and the role of domestic constituencies); South African foreign policy.

Recent p​ublications

"South Africa's Middle Power Ambitions: Riding the Dragon or Being its Pet" in Bruce Gilley and Andrew O'Neill (eds.) 2014 Middle Powers and the Rise of China (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press) with Sven Grimm.

"Class compromise as middle power activism? Comparing South Africa and Brazil" Government and Opposition, January 2013.

"Falling on fertile ground? The story of emerging powers' claims for redistribution and the global poverty debate" Global Society  26:3, 2012.

"South Africa's role in the world: a public opinion survey" SAFPI Policy Brief 55, 2013, with K Smith.

"Bread or Circusses? The 2010 World Cup and South Africa's quest for marketing power" International Journal of the History of Sport 28 (1), January 2011,with K Swart.

"'A  fine and delicate balance…' South Africa's middle power complexities, 1994-2009" in Godehardt, N & Nabers D. (eds.) Regional Powers and Regional Orders, (Routledge, NY: 2011).

"Popular culture, discourse and divergent identities: reconstructing South Africa as an African state" African Identities 6(1), 2008.

"Glitz, Glamour and the Gautrain: Mega-Projects as Political Symbols" Politikon 34 (3) December  2007.