Lisa Thompson is Director of the African Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) and Professor at the School of Government, University of the Western Cape. Her work focuses on issues of socio-economic development in the context of the global political economy. She has published widely on research pertaining to regional development and democratisation processes in southern Africa. She serves as South African coordinator of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability. Chris Tapscott is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and was formerly the founding director of the School of Government in the same institution. He has been an active member of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability.