ISBN 9789991687001
Pages 106
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2012
Publisher University of Namibia Press, Namibia
Format Paperback

Understanding Policy Domains their Salient Forces and Organisational Challenges

by Tapera O. Chirawu

Understanding Policy Domains, their Salient Forces, and Organisational Challenges examines the complexity of policy making processes within the context of human action arising from culture, life necessities, and politics. It provides an understanding of human, environmental and institutional behaviour, and identifies the policy factors that underline the success or failure of governments and institutions.

This book provides policy-makers, practitioners and other researchers in the field with a clear understanding of the process of policy-making and who is responsible for what. It sets the tone for academics and policy practitioners to confront the problems and challenges that countries face as they seek to improve governance and service delivery.

The author provokes debate on the cause and effect of past, present and future human actions, bringing into play the issues of honesty, transparency and political will. He promotes policy as a way towards achieving social harmony in the human struggle for survival.

User-friendly for both students and lecturers, as well as for researchers, government and NGO policy 'gurus', Understanding Policy Domains, their Salient Forces, and Organisational Challenges is also valuable for political parties whose members are often unaware of this important aspect of government responsibility.

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"A timely contribution to the domain of public policy at a time when the challenges of government are most daunting."

Dr Lesley Blauuw, University of Namibia Department of Political and Administrative Studies

About the Author

Tapera O. Chirawu

Tapera O. Chirawu holds a PhD from Howard University in the USA. He taught African politics and history in the USA, worked in government in Zimbabwe and was Senior Researcher at the Zimbabwe Institute for Developmental Studies in the 1980s. At the University of Namibia, he served as Acting Director for the Centre for Public Service Training, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, and Department Head: Political and Administrative Studies for over 10 years. He established and headed the Namibian chapter of the Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA). His work focuses on political formations, policy processes, land utilization and strengthening democracy in Southern Africa.

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