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Exploration of transnationalism as a concept and phenomenon in Public Administration

Barry Hanyane
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 11, No 4 | a41 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v11i4.41 | © 2015 Barry Hanyane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2016 | Published: 31 December 2015

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Barry Hanyane, Department of Public Administration & Governance, North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

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Transnationalism as both a phenomenon and a concept has received negligible attention in modern times in relation to the practice of public administration and its corresponding field of study. This article provides an account of the meaning and the relevance of both the concept and phenomenon as received and applied by practitioners and scholars in the said practice and field of study. From the latter, a deliberate approach towards policy matters is undertaken in relation to the concept and phenomenon of transnationalism. In this article policies used by the national Department of Home Affairs in South Africa form the basis from which a case is made relevant to this topic in p(P)ublic a(A)dministration. Additionally, case studies in the SADC region are considered. This article therefore argues that transnationalism is as much local as global issues such as immigration, citizenship, global economy, service delivery, government (in)efficiency and (in)effectiveness and such other matters of public interest.


transnationalism; migration; public administration; human mobility; citizenship; cross-border


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