The name Ivor Chipkin is synonymous with Institutional studies within South Africa. His work at the Public Affairs Research Institute, as the founding member, has built the organisation into one of South Africa’s leading research and academic institutes. Ivor Chipkins’ work at the Public Affairs Research Institute aims to generate high quality, extensive research on the effectiveness of the state in service delivery and infrastructure.
Not only is Ivor Chipkin an academic professor, but he is also an accomplished and controversial author. Haven written four titles from 1997 up until 2018, it is his two latest titles, “Betrayal of a promise” and “Shadow State” that marked a key moment in South Africa’s most recent struggle for democracy. Both reports co-authored with Mark Swilling introduced new thinking on state capture, showing how state-owned enterprises have been ‘repurposed’, how political power had shifted and how a ‘shadow state’ at odds with the country’s constitutional framework was being built.
These titles were a collaboration of academics and experts, conducted in near-secrecy, and aimed at providing a comprehensive picture of the situation at that moment.
The extraordinary work of Ivor Chipkin and Mark Swilling in both books aim to open up the minds of South Africans regarding state capture and how accepting it will only hinder the development of an inclusive society.