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Born and educated in the United States, I spent 25 years researching and teaching in South Africa, before moving to Strathclyde in 2016. My research focuses on issues and challenges of sustaining democracy, by studying voting, public opinion, and elected legislatures, in the developing world in general, and Africa and South Africa in particular.
I work on issues of democratization primarlily through the tools of survey research but also employ other methods of institutional analysis. I am co-founder and Senior Adviser of Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries (www.afrobarometer.org). I am also co-founder and co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a study of legislatures and legislators in 17 countries(www.cssr.uct.ac.za/alp). Finally, I am the founder and Principal Investigator of the South African National Election Study, a longitudinal series of post-election surveys dating back to South AFrica's first democratic election of 1994 (www.cssr.uct.ac.za/daru/sanes). These studies are also carried out in association with the Comparative National Elections Project, and Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project.
Expertise & Capabilities
South African Politics
United States Politics
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Award Date: 15 Feb 1992
Master of Arts, University of Delaware
Award Date: 14 Jun 1986
Bachelor of Arts, Youngstown State University
Award Date: 16 Jun 1984
Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town1 Jan 2017 → …
Mattes, R., 15 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Democracy. 31, 2, p. 166-181 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
Mattes, R. & Kroenke, M., 31 May 2020, Research Handbook on Political Partisanship. Oscarsson, H. & Holmberg, S. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK, p. 368-380 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)