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Professor Philip Nel

Image of Philip Nel 2017DPhil (Stellenbosch)
MA (Stellenbosch)
BA Hons (Stellenbosch)

PhD Coordinator

I am interested in the global politics of development, poverty, and inequality, and teach on this (POLS211POLS533) and the ethics of international relations (POLS312)

My DPhil is from Stellenbosch University, South Africa (1984), and I have been a visiting professor in Germany, Japan, and South Africa. I serve on the editorial boards of a number of international journals, and I am a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).

Postgraduate students who are interested in issues of development, corruption, inequality, poverty, and the political consequences of natural disasters are welcome to contact me. I have supervised 22 PhDs and more than 60 other postgraduates. My ex-postgrads teach at renowned universities, including St Andrews, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, Leiden University, and the Berlin Social Science Center.

Full CV and list of publications here.

Teaching

Contact details

Room 4N5, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 6549
Email philip.nel@otago.ac.nz
Office hours - Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00pm
Research day - Monday

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Links

The Politics of Economic Inequality in Developing Countries  

Google Scholar  

The Rise and Fall of Bilaterial Investment Treaties

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Publications

Nel, P. (2017). Redistribution with African characteristics. Politikon. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02589346.2017.1298276

Nel, P. (2016, November). The informal economy as an intervening variable. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (Eds.). (2015). Regional powers and global redistribution. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 134p.

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (2015). Introduction: Regional powers and global redistribution. In P. Nel, D. Nabers & M. Hanif (Eds.), Regional powers and global redistribution. (pp. 1-10). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, P., & Taylor, I. (2013). Bugger thy neighbour? IBSA and South-South solidarity. Third World Quarterly, 34(6), 1091-1110. doi: 10.1080/01436597.2013.802507

Authored Book - Research

Nel, P. (2008). The politics of economic inequality in developing countries. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 206p.

Nel, P., & Jordaan, E. (2000). Workbook for power, wealth and global order: An international relations texbook for Africa. Cape Town: UCT Press.

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Edited Book - Research

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (Eds.). (2015). Regional powers and global redistribution. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 134p.

Boston, J., Nel, P., & Righarts, M. (Eds.). (2009). Climate change and security: Planning for the future. Wellington, New Zealand: Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 116p.

Carlsnaes, W., & Nel, P. (Eds.). (2006). In full flight: South African foreign policy after apartheid. Midrand, South Africa: Institute for Global Dialogue, 226p.

Nel, P., & van der Westhuizen, J. (Eds.). (2004). Democratizing foreign policy? Lessons from South Africa. Lanham: Lexington Books, 223p.

Nel, P., & McGowan, P. (Eds.). (2002). Power, wealth and global equity: An international relations textbook for Africa (2nd ed.). Cape Town: UCT Press.

Nel, P. R., Taylor, I., & van der Westhuizen, J. (Eds.). (2001). South Africa's Multilateral Diplomacy and Global Change. Ashgate: Aldershot.

Nel, P., & McGowan, P. (Eds.). (1999). Power, wealth and global order: An international relations textbook for Africa, 17. Cape Town: UCT Press.

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Edited Book - Other

McGowan, P. J., Cornelissen, S., & Nel, P. (Eds.). (2006). Power, wealth and global equity: An international relations textbook for Africa (3rd ed.). Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Press, 442p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (2015). Introduction: Regional powers and global redistribution. In P. Nel, D. Nabers & M. Hanif (Eds.), Regional powers and global redistribution. (pp. 1-10). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, P. R. (2011). Sustainable development. In B. Badie, D. Berg-Schlosser & L. Morlino (Eds.), International encyclopedia of political science. (1st ed.) (pp. 2575-2578). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nel, P., & Stephen, M. (2010). The foreign economic policies of regional powers in the developing world. In D. Flemes (Ed.), Regional leadership in the global system: Ideas, interests and strategies of regional powers. (pp. 87-90). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Nel, P. (2009). Dealing with inequality: A conversation with Islamic economics. In T. Shogimen & C. J. Nederman (Eds.), Western political thought in dialogue with Asia. (pp. 135-160). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

Nel, P. (2007). When can the rabble redistribute? Democratization and income distribution in low- and middle-income countries. In W. R. Garside (Ed.), Institutions and market economies: The political economy of growth and development. (pp. 222-249). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nel, P. (2006). The power of ideas: ′Ambiguous globalism′ and South Africa's foreign policy. In W. Carlsnaes & P. Nel (Eds.), In full flight: South African foreign policy after apartheid. (pp. 108-124). Midrand, South Africa: Institute for Global Dialogue.

Nel, P. (2006). Globalization and violent political dissent in developing countries. In R. G. Patman (Ed.), Globalization and conflict: National security in a ′new′ strategic era. (pp. 56-76). London, U.K: Routledge.

Nel, P., & Carlsnaes, W. (2006). Introduction. In W. Carlsnaes & P. Nel (Eds.), In full flight: South African foreign policy after apartheid. (pp. 17-22). Midrand, South Africa: Institute for Global Dialogue.

Nel, P. (2003). Making Africa safe for capitalism: US policy and multilateralism in Africa. In R. Foot, S. N. MacFarlane & M. Mastanduno (Eds.), US hegemony and international organizations: The United States and multilateral institutions. (pp. 167-192). Oxford University Press.

Nel, P. (2002). Untangling the 'gamble on investment': Elite perceptions of globalization and South Africa's foreign policy during the Mandela era. In K. Adar & R. Ajulu (Eds.), Globalization and emerging trends in African states' foreign policy-making processes: A comparative perspective on southern Africa. (pp. 153-172). Ashgate: Aldershot.

Nel, P. (2002). Between counter-hegemony and post-hegemony: The Rome statute and normative innovation in world politics. In A. Cooper, J. English & R. Thakur (Eds.), Enhancing global governance: Towards a new diplomacy? (pp. 152-161). Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

Nel, P. (2000). South Africa: The demand for legitimate multilateralism. In A. Schnabel & R. Thakur (Eds.), Kosovo and the challenge of humanitarian intervention: Selective indignation, collective intervention, and international citizenship. (pp. 245-259). New York: United Nations University Press.

Nel, P. (1998). South Africa and the movement of non-aligned countries. In G. Mills & A. Handley (Eds.), Yearbook of South Africa's International Relations 1998/9. (pp. 137-146). Johannesburg: SAIIA.

Nel, P. (1998). The new rhetoric. In J. Mouton & J. Muller (Eds.), Theory and method in South African human sciences research: Advances and innovation. (pp. 105-128). Pretoria: HSRC.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Nel, P. (2006). Theories of international relations. In P. J. McGowan, S. Cornelissen & P. Nel (Eds.), Power, wealth and global equity: An international relations textbook for Africa. (3rd ed.) (pp. 21-45). Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Press.

Nel, P. (2006). Morality and ethics in international relations. In P. J. McGowan, S. Cornelissen & P. Nel (Eds.), Power, wealth and global equity: An international relations textbook for Africa. (3rd ed.) (pp. 46-66). Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Press.

Nel, P. (1998). South Africa and the movement of non-aligned countries. In Fowler (Ed.), Fowler's Economic and Political Report 1998. (pp. 2-8).

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Journal - Research Article

Nel, P. (2017). Redistribution with African characteristics. Politikon. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02589346.2017.1298276

Nel, P., & Taylor, I. (2013). Bugger thy neighbour? IBSA and South-South solidarity. Third World Quarterly, 34(6), 1091-1110. doi: 10.1080/01436597.2013.802507

Nel, P. (2010). Redistribution and recognition: What emerging regional powers want. Review of International Studies, 36(4), 951-974. doi: 10.1017/s0260210510001385

Mylek, I., & Nel, P. (2010). Religion and relief: The role of religion in mobilizing civil society against global poverty. Kōtuitui, 5(2), 81-97. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2010.519391

Nel, P., & Righarts, M. (2008). Natural disasters and the risk of violent civil conflict. International Studies Quarterly, 52(1), 159-185. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2007.00495.x

Nel, P. (2006). El regreso de la desigualdad [The return of inequality]. Sistema, 195, 83-101.

Nel, P. (2006). The return of inequality. Third World Quarterly, 27(4), 689-706.

Nel, P. (2005). Democratization and the dynamics of income distribution in low- and middle- income countries. Politikon, 32(1), 17-44.

Nel, P. (2005). Global Inequality Revisited [Review Article]. Global Society, 19(3), 317-327.

Nel, P., & van Wyk, J.-A. (2003). Foreign policy making in South Africa: From public participation to democratic participation. Politeia, 22(3), 49-71.

Nel, P., & Teng-Zeng, F. (2003). Science and technology in sub-Saharan Africa: Regional cooperation in a post-national environment. Africa Insight, 33(3), 28-36.

Nel, P. (2003). Income inequality, economic growth, and political instability in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Modern African Studies, 41(4), 611-639.

Taylor, I., & Nel, P. (2002). 'New Africa', globalisation and the confines of elite reformism: 'Getting the rhetoric right, getting the strategy wrong. Third World Quarterly, 23(1), 163-180.

Nel, P., van der Westhuizen, J., & Taylor, I. (2000). Multilateralism in South Africa's Foreign Policy: The search for a critical rationale. Global Governace, 6(1).

Nel, P. (1999). The foreign policy beliefs of South Africans: A first cut. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 17(1), 123-146.

Nel, P. (1998). Idealism resurgent (and what realists should do about it): Ideas and foreign aid. South African Journal of International Relations, 5(2), 96-112.

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Journal - Research Other

Nel, P., & Nolte, D. (2010). Special section on regional powers in a changing global order [Introduction]. Review of International Studies, 36(4), 877-879. doi: 10.1017/S0260210510001348

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Nel, P. (2009). [Review of the book Globalisation and the wealth of nations]. Political Science, 61(1), 89. doi: 10.1177/00323187090610010704

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Nel, P. (2012). Natural disasters and political conflict: An impressionistic review and agenda. Proceedings of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress: Reshaping Power, Shifting Boundaries. Retrieved from http://paperroom.ipsa.org/papers/view/11779

Nel, P. (2004). Transnational hegemony, democratisation, and redistribution in low and middle-income countries. Proceedings of the First Oceania International Studies Conference. Retrieved from http://rspas.anu.edu.au/ir/Oceanic/OCISPapers/index.html

Nel, P., McGowan, P., Gordon, D. R., Haluani, M., Kasimovskaya, E., ..., & Šabič, Z. (2002). Teaching international relations from a regional perspective. International Studies Perspectives. 3(3), (pp. 235-257). doi: 10.1111/1528-3577.00094

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (2011). The IBSA states and global redistribution. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 25). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nzpsa-2011-conference-abstracts.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Nel, P. (Ed.). (2002). Conference of the Centre for International and Comparative Politics: State/Society responses to globalisation: Case Studies from Japan and South Africa. Stellenbosch: University of Stellenbosch.

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