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Dr. Ivor Chipkin: ‘Elite Populism’ and ‘State Capture’ Lessons from South Africa

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Dr. Ivor Chipkin is the founding director of the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), based at both the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg and the University of Cape Town. He is an Associate Professor at Wits and a Senior Associate Member at St Anthony’s College at the University of Oxford. He completed his PhD at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France and published ‘Do South Africans Exist’ in 2007, the first attempt to engage with the political concepts undergirding African Nationalism in South Africa. In May this year he and several colleagues published ‘Betrayal of the Promise’, a report that on ‘state capture’ in South Africa that has had an important political and intellectual impact in South Africa and elsewhere.

He is currently involved in a campaign to democratise and professionalise the civil service.

Co-Sponsored and presented by The New School for Social Research's Politics Department and TCDS.

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Lectures and Panel Discussions


Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff


Politics, Policy and Government


The New School for Social Research, Department of Politics



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