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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 (POLS 211, POLS 533) and the ethics of international relations (POLS 312).

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

Teaching

  • POLS 211 Global Political Economy
  • POLS 312 Ethics and International Relations
  • POLS 553 The Global Politics of Poverty and Inequality

Contact details

Room 4N6, 4th floor, Arts (Burns) Building
Tel +64 3 479 6549
Email philip.nel@otago.ac.nz
Office hours: Tuesday 3:00pm to 4:00pm, Wednesday 2:00pm to 3:00pm or email for an appointment
Research day: Friday

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Links

Image of the politics of economic inequality in developing countries book cover The Politics of Economic Inequality in Developing Countries
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The Routledge Handbook of African Development

Click here to view the chapter - Corruption

Click here to view the chapter - Inequality in Africa

Google Scholar
Mobility rules: Why New Zealanders oppose redistribution

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Publications

Nel, P. (2021). Why Africans tolerate income inequality. Journal of Modern African Studies, 59(3), 343-365. doi: 10.1017/S0022278X21000161

Nel, P. (2021). Mobility rules: Why New Zealanders oppose redistribution. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2021.1912121

Nel, P. (2020). South Africa, BRICS, and the global governance: How SA tried to change the world and succeeded in changing itself. In S. Y. Kim (Ed.), The political economy of the BRICS countries: Volume 2: BRICS and the global economy. (pp. 83-111). London, UK: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789811202308_0005

Nel, P. (2019). When bribery helps the poor. Review of Social Economy, 78(4), 507-531. doi: 10.1080/00346764.2019.1618482

Nel, P. (2018). Corruption. In T. Binns, K. Lynch & E. Nel (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of African development. (pp. 649-662). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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

Authored Book - Research

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

Authored Book - Research

Nel, P., Nabers, D., & Hanif, M. (Eds.). (2015). Regional powers and global redistribution. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 133p.

Edited Book - Research

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.

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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

Edited Book - Research

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.

Edited Book - Other

Nel, P. (2020). South Africa, BRICS, and the global governance: How SA tried to change the world and succeeded in changing itself. In S. Y. Kim (Ed.), The political economy of the BRICS countries: Volume 2: BRICS and the global economy. (pp. 83-111). London, UK: World Scientific. doi: 10.1142/9789811202308_0005

Chapter in Book - Research

Nel, P. (2018). Corruption. In T. Binns, K. Lynch & E. Nel (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of African development. (pp. 649-662). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Nel, P. (2018). Inequality in Africa. In T. Binns, K. Lynch & E. Nel (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of African development. (pp. 104-119). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

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.

Chapter in Book - Other

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).

Chapter in Book - Other

Nel, P. (2021). Mobility rules: Why New Zealanders oppose redistribution. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2021.1912121

Journal - Research Article

Nel, P. (2021). Why Africans tolerate income inequality. Journal of Modern African Studies, 59(3), 343-365. doi: 10.1017/S0022278X21000161

Journal - Research Article

Nel, P. (2019). When bribery helps the poor. Review of Social Economy, 78(4), 507-531. doi: 10.1080/00346764.2019.1618482

Journal - Research Article

Nel, P. (2018). Redistribution with African characteristics. Politikon, 45(2), 145-162. doi: 10.1080/02589346.2017.1298276

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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).

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Other

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