Political Science
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

About Us

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WHO​ are we?

We are a group of scholars from eleven countries across four continents brought together by a shared interest in studying democracy around the globe

WHICH countrie​s do we examine mor​e closely?

Globally: South Africa, South Korea, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Germany and Sweden

​In the ​southern African region: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana​

​OUR mis​​​sion

Monitorin​​g the democratic process and pointing out its shortcomings, which we see as our probably never-ending common task both as academics and citizens of this world.

TRU: Democracy​​ Globally

  • Combines a high level of variation across regions with methodical comparative country studies.
  • Explores the global and the particular.
  • Identifies culture-specific factors shaping the quality and performance of democracy.
  • Analyses the interactions between politics and the economy.
  • Compares the values of the elites and the citizens within and across states.
  • Studies historical patterns.
  • Integrates specialized knowledge and techniques derived from political science, sociology, economy, philosophy, theology and history.
  • Merges data-based analyses with theoretical insights.
  • Examines the formation of political culture.

​TRU: Democra​​cy Globally

Is the proud successor of the Transformation Research Initiative (TRI) established in 2000 to examine five newly emerged democracies