Political Science
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Prof Pierre vdP du Toit


DPhil (Stellenbosch)

​Lecturi​ng fields

Comparative politics, conflict studies, African politics, the state and democracy in South Africa

Research​ specialisation

Conflict resolution, politics of divided societies, state-building in divided societies, democratization, liberalization and pacification.

His current research is about the extent to which the democratization of the South African regime in 1994 has been accompanied by the strengthening of liberal values among the South African public, and the pacification of South African society.  In this project he is collaborating with colleague Prof. Hennie Kotzé and making use of data from the World Values Surveys from 1981 to 2006.

​​Academic history

Pierre du Toit completed his DPhil in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. He is currently a professor in the Department. He has produced numerous articles, monographs and books in the fields of conflict resolution, democracy and African politics.

During the period 1992 - 1993, he received a Peace Fellowship from the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. The results of this study were published in the book, State- Building and Democracy in Southern Africa - Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa (United States Institute of Peace Press, Washington D.C., 1995).

Latest Books

Defining Democracy in a Digital Age published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa published by Palgrave Macmillan.

South Africa's Brittle Peace - The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence, published by Palgrave in 2001.

Latest Journal Articles

Steenekamp, C, P du Toit & H Kotzé. 2015. Social Norms in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol 11(1): 33-49.

Prof P du Toit & dr N de Jager. 2014. South Africa's Dominant-Party System in Comparative Perspective. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, Vol 10(2): 69-89.