Architecture of Government Conference

July 5, 6 & 7 2022

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South Africa needs fresh ideas to improve the capacity of a state that is beleaguered by inefficiency and corruption.

Political leaders currently cannot drive and coordinate the activities of public institutions to realise the mandate of an elected government.

The Architecture of Government conference, hosted by the Government and Public Policy think tank in partnership with Financial Mail, explores the potential configuration of government to realise better a democratic government’s goals.

The conference will be addressed by prominent international scholars, practitioners, and political leaders in the fields of governance, politics, and public policy, among them Achille Mbembe, Trevor Manuel, Angela Stent, Busani Ngcaweni, Yamini Aiyar, Hsu Huang and Omano Edigheji.

    Day 1

    July 5 2022 | 12.30pm-4.45pm

    There will be two panels on the opening day. The first will explore historical legacies, colonial and post-colonial, that continue to shape the architecture of government. The second panel will address the state of executive branch leadership, focusing on the merits and drawbacks of presidential and semi-presidential systems, in post-Soviet states and in young democracies.

    Welcome address to the opening of the Conference and Keynote Speakers (from 12h30 to 13h15) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Ivor Chipkin

    BIO

    Rob Rose

    Editor

    Financial Mail

    Achille Mbembe

    BIO

    Pratap Bhanu Mehta

    BIO

    Panel 1: Historical legacies and the architecture of government (from 13h15 to 14h45) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Pali Lehohla

    BIO

    Andrew Donaldson

    BIO

    Xolela Mangcu

    BIO

    Vusi Gumede

    BIO

    Panel 2: Presidential and semi-presidential leadership in young democracies (from 15h15 to 16h45) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Jelena Vidojevic

    BIO

    Dušan Spasojević

    BIO

    Angela Stent

    BIO

    Day 2

    July 6 2022 | 12.00pm-5.30pm

    There will be three panel discussions on the second day. The first investigates the party-state model in China to see if valuable lessons can be drawn from its accomplishments. The second panel discusses the governance of metropolitan regions in Africa, a continent whose population is both growing rapidly and urbanising. The third panel addresses the challenges of fiscal decentralisation in the global south, and the potential benefits it might bring in terms of reduced spatial inequality, and administrative efficiency.

    Panel 3: Parties, states, and party-states: the case of China (from 12h00 to 13h30) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Alan Hirsch

    BIO

    Li Jing

    BIO

    Hsu Huang

    BIO

    Yao Yang

    BIO

    Panel 4: Metropolitan governance in Africa (from 14h00 to 15h30) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Isaac Khambule

    BIO

    Omano Edigheji

    BIO

    Taibat Lawanson

    BIO

    Panel 5: Fiscal decentralisation and local government relations (from 16h00 to 17h30) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Michael Sachs

    BIO

    Kumba Digdowiseiso

    BIO

    Cibele Franzese

    BIO

    María Antonieta Alva

    BIO

    Day 3

    July 7 2022 | 1.00pm-5.00pm

    The final day begins with a panel discussion on asymmetric decentralisation, with an emphasis on the experiences of India.

    The closing panel will explore the politics of state reform: how can appealing lessons and ideas be turned into action? Here our focus will be on whether and how a political project to improve the organisation and administration of government can be initiated and taken forward.

    Panel 6: Asymmetric decentralisation (from 13h00 to 14h30) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Anthony Butler

    BIO

    Louise Tillin

    BIO

    Yamini Aiyar

    BIO

    Ignacio Irarrázaval

    BIO

    Panel 7: Politics of State Reform: Turning Ideas into Action (from 15h00 to 17h00) [CAT or UTC+2h]

    Claire Bisseker

    Economics Editor

    Financial Mail

    Busani Ngcaweni

    BIO

    Phindile Baleni

    BIO

    Barbara Nunberg

    BIO

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