Professor Anthony Butler


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  • Roles

  • Biography

    BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford. PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge. Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Director of the Politics and Administration Programme at Birkbeck College, University of London. Chair in Political Studies at University of the Witwatersrand.
  • External Appointments

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  • Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact

    Research interests include

    • Policy analysis
    • Political finance; money and politics
    • Comparative government and institutional reform
    • Political risk and uncertainty
    • Resource nationalism
    • Political biography
    • Sectoral policies (energy, environment, resources, basic education, public health)
  • Teaching

    Undergraduate teaching 

    POL3037F SA Public Policy Analysis

    Postgraduate teaching 

    POL4006F/POL5052F Public Policy

    POL4001S/POL5044S South African Politics

  • Postgrad Supervision

    I am available to supervise in all my fields of interest
  • Publications

    Books include:

    • Cyril Ramaphosa, 3rd edition, James Currey, 2019.
    • Contemporary South Africa, 3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
    • Remaking the ANC, Jacana, 2014 (editor)
    • The Idea of the ANC, Ohio University Press, 2013.
    • Paying for Politics: Party funding and political change in South Africa and the global South, Jacana, 2010 (editor)

    Other publications include:

    • ‘A campaign born of desperation’, in Collette Schulz-Herzenberg and Roger Southall, eds, Election 2019, Jacana, 2019.
    • ‘The Politics of Numbers: National membership growth and subnational power in the African National Congress’, Transformation 87, 2015, pp.13-31. E-ISSN: 1726-1368, Print ISSN: 0258-7696
    • ‘Understanding the ANC at sub-national level’, Transformation 87, 2015, pp.1-12. E-ISSN: 1726-1368, Print ISSN: 0258-7696 (with Roger Southall)
    • ‘Contemporary issues in political party funding and sustainability’, in Ebrahim Fakir and Tom Lodge, eds, Political Parties in Africa, Auckland Park, Jacana, 2015, pp. 172-82. ISBN 978-1-920196-79-0. 
    • ‘Mandela’s Middle Course’, China Policy Review, January (Beijing, Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China) 2014, pp. 105-6 (in Mandarin). Print ISSN: 0167-4544; Online ISSN: 1573-0697
    • ‘The ANC’s campaign in 2014’, in Collette Shultz-Herzenberg and Roger Southall (eds), Election 2014: South Africa, Auckland Park, Jacana, 2014, pp.42-56. ISBN 978-1-4314-2018-6
    • Understanding party adaptation’, in Anthony Butler (ed.) Remaking the ANC: Party Change in South Africa and the Global South, Auckland Park, Jacana, 2014, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-4314-2019-3
    • ‘Which future for the African National Congress?’, in Anthony Butler (ed.) Remaking the ANC: Party Change in South Africa and the Global South, Auckland Park, Jacana, 2014, pp. 157-68. ISBN 978-1-4314-2019-3
    • ‘The African National Congress of South Africa: Experiences of party management’, in Catrina Schlager and Judith Christ (eds), Modern Party Management: What can be learned from international practices? Shanghai: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Shanghai Administration Institute of the Chinese Communist Party, 2014. Also published in Mandarin.
    • Trollip, H., Butler, A., Burton, J., Caetano, T., & Godinho, C.,Energy Security in South Africa’. Cape Town, Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) Research Paper, Issue 17, 2014.
    • ‘Resource nationalism and the African National Congress’, Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 113, 2013, 1-10. ISSN 2225-6253.