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Dr.Stephen John Louw Head Of International Relation Department Academic RankAssociate Professor


  • Political Studies. Political Economy. Development politics.

Research Interests:

  • Rentier state theory, sumptuary regulation, new institutional economics, and the political sociology of post-colonial development.


PhD in Political Studies (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa).
Previously Senior Lecturer, Political Studies (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa).
• Former editor of Politikon: The South African Journal of Political Science. • Non-executive director, Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development, Gauteng Provincial Government.
• Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (USA) • South African Association of Political Science (RSA). • Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (Hong Kong/Macao)
Former editor of Politikon: The South African Journal of Political Science. Non-executive director, Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development, Gauteng Provincial Government.
Under preparation:‎ Sumptuary regulation and gendered citizenship in the Gulf states.‎ Submitted for publication:‎ “Mission civilisatrice: Thomas Sankara and the ‘revolution of mentalities'.”‎ Accredited journals (mostly Scopus and ISI)‎ ‎“Numbers games, race, gender, power: Primitive Accumulation in The Black Metropolis,” Safundi: the ‎Journal of South African and American Studies, 21(1): 30-53, 2020. ‎‎ ‎“Chinese migrants and underground lotteries in South Africa: negotiating spaces at the cusp of a racial-‎capitalist order,” Journal of Southern African Studies, 45(1): 49-68, 2019. doi: ‎‎10.1080/03057070.2019.1552427‎ ‎“Bingosinos, concurrent competence, and functional federalism in South Africa,” with Victoria ‎Bronstein, South African Law Journal, 135 (3): 549-73, 2018.‎‎11539b7933‎ ‎“African numbers games and gambler motivation: ‘Fahfee’ in contemporary South Africa”, African ‎Affairs, 117: 109-129, 2018. doi: 10.1093/afraf/adx043‎ ‎“Mysterium inequitatis: Truth, elections, autonomy in the Southern African politic,” Politikon. South ‎African Journal of Political Studies 33 (2): 221-38, 2006. doi: 10.1080/02589340600884717‎ ‎“The Ministry of dry taps? The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and the transition to market-‎based service provision in South Africa,” Politea 22 (1): 93-118, 2003.‎ ‎“In the shadow of the Pharaohs: The militarisation of labour debate and classical marxist theory,” ‎Economy and Society 29(2): 239-63, 2000. doi: 10.1080/030851400360488‎ ‎“Fin de Siécle Russia: Y2K compliant?,” South African Journal of International Affairs 7(1): 157-64, 2000. ‎doi: 10.1080/10220460009545297‎ ‎“Unity and development: The stalinist body politic and the classical marxist tradition,” Philosophy of ‎the Social Sciences 27(2): 180-205, 1997. doi: 10.1177/004839319702700202‎ ‎“Response to Richard Hudelson,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27(2): 209-211, 1997. doi: ‎‎10.1177/004839319702700204‎ ‎“Palliative marxism or imminent critique: Wlodzimierz Brus and the limits to classical marxist political ‎economy,” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 89: 78-105, 1997. doi: ‎‎10.3167/004058197783593506‎ ‎“Intellectuals, civil society and the birth of politics in Poland,” Slavic Almanach 3(3-4): 177-188, 1995.‎ ‎“Conceptual vicissitudes: Socialism and democracy in Has Socialism Failed?,” Politikon, with Peter ‎Hudson, 19(3): 25-44, 1992.‎ ‎“Marxism leninism, radical democracy and socialism,” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory ‎‎78: 139-158, 1991.‎ Chapters in books ‎“Livelihoods and development: Socio-economic exclusion in Mumbai’s hinterland”, with Parthasarathi ‎Mondal, in T Bunnel; D Parthasarathy and E.C. Thompson (eds.) Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in ‎Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia (Dordrecht: ARI-Springer Asia Series), 2013.‎ ‎“The South African Constitution,” with Susan Booysen, Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa (New York: ‎Charles Screiber’s and Sons / Macmillan), 1998‎ Other publications ‎“The evolution of new gambling modes: the regulatory debate in RSA”, with Victoria Bronstein, The ‎Regulatory Debates Bulletin (the dti), Edition 7, September 2018. ‎ ‎“Out of the underground and into the sunlight: Feasibility study on the regulation of illegal lotteries in ‎South Africa, with Abigail Ronald-Louw (Pretoria: National Lotteries Commission), 2018. ‎ ‎“Socio-Economic Impact of Gambling in South Africa”, with Philip Frankel (Pretoria: National Gambling ‎Board), 2014.‎ ‎“Gambling Review Commission Report: ‘Review of South African Gambling Legislation and its ‎Regulation’,” with S Nzimande, C Mannya, A Bodasing and A Ludin (Pretoria: DTI), 2011.‎ ‎“Presidential Audit on National Mine Safety for the Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs and the ‎Office of the State President”, with May Hermanus, CSMI-University of the Witwatersrand, 2009.‎ ‎“Jungle Rats: Between the forest and modernity”, with Parthasarathi Mondal, Indo Dutch Programme ‎on Alternatives in Development (New Delhi: Indian Council of Social Science Research; The Hague: the ‎Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research), 2007.‎ ‎“Development of models to facilitate the provision of free basic water in rural areas”, with AF Balfour, I ‎Wilson, J de Jager, and DA Still, Water Research Commission Report No. 1379/1/05. ‎‎ ‎“Smoke and mirrors: The non-profit sector and the national lottery”, Centre for Civil Society Research ‎Report 21: 1-36, 2002.‎ ‎“Review of the National Lottery: 2000–2007”, with Abigail Ronald-Louw (Pretoria: DTI), 2008.‎ ‎“Beware the Shining Path: The future of the SACP,” with Peter Hudson, Work in Progress 90: 37-39 ‎‎(July-August), 1993‎. ‎“Discourse theory, Afrikaner Nationalism and the Ossewa-Brandwag,” S.T.E.T., 6(3): 26-29 ‎‎‎‎(November), 1990.
• Ten PhD theses supervised to completion
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