Political Science
Welkom by Universiteit Stellenbosch

Dr Nicola de Jager


BA Hons (University of Stellenbosch); MA (University of Stellenbosch); PhD (University of Pretoria)

Teachi​​ng specialisation

Southern African politics; South African politics; comparative politics and democracy.

Research in​​terests

One party dominant systems in developing countries; democracy and agents of accountability (political and civil society); South African politics.

Current r​​esearch projects

Comparative study of dominant party systems in Southern Africa; political dynamics in South Africa's democracy; and the political culture of the 'born-frees' at Stellenbosch University.

​​Recent publicat​​ions


De Jager, N. (ed.) 2015. South African Politics: An Introduction. Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

De Jager, N. and Du Toit, P. (eds.) 2013.  Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in Southern Africa: Insights from the developing world. United Nations University Press and UCT Press.

Journals a​nd Book Chapters 

De Jager, Nicola and Cindy Lee Steenekamp (2015). "The changing political culture of the African National Congress," Democratization. Available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/VPUgb8HBbktd8tBW9XdT/full

De Jager, Nicola & Ian Taylor (2015). "Democratic contestation in Botswana". In Metelits, C. and Matti, S. Democratic contestation on the margins: regimes in small African Countries. New York: Lexington Books.

Du Toit, P & N de Jager (2014). "South Africa's Dominant-Party System in Comparative Perspective" Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 10(2):93-113.

Winners, losers and the playing field in southern Africa's 'Democratic Darlings': Botswana and South Africa compared. (2013). Politikon, 40(2):233-253. Co-authored with Cara H Meintjies.

Co-edited book with Pierre du Toit titled Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in Southern Africa:Insights from the developing world. 2013. Published by United Nations University Press and UCT Press.

Unconditional aid: Assessing the impact of China's developmental assistance to Zimbabwe. (2012). South Africa Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 19, Issue 1: 79-103. Co-authored with Obert Hodzi and Leon Hartwell.

Understanding Xenophobia in South Africa. (2011). Strategic Review for Southern Africa, XXXIII (1):120-139. Co-authored with Nina Hopstock.

Democracy in South Africa's dominant party system. 2010. Five Volume Series titled: Political Parties and Democracy. Edited by Kay Lawson. Publisher: Praeger.

No "New" ANC? 2009. Politikon, 36 (2): 275-288.

The South African government and the application of co-optive power. 2006. Politikon, 33 (1): 101-112.

The South African-government, soft power and ideological hegemony. 2006. Acta Academica, 38 (2): 61-83. 

The ANC, co-optive power and the perpetuation of party dominance. 2006. Challenges to Democracy by One-Party dominance: Seminar Report. Johannesburg: KAS.

Opinion Pieces in the Popular Media

'State companies can't help development if the state is a partisan player':


'In free speech debates, consider Christianity's history of liberalism', The Conversation.

'Analysis: SA's national elections since 1994', Eyewit​​ness News.

'Why elections in Botswana and South Africa can be 'free' but not 'fair', Democracy in Africa.

South Africa is in danger of becoming a radicalised society- again (https://theconversation.com/south-africa-is-in-danger-of-becoming-a-radicalised-society-again-49257)