BA Hons (University of Stellenbosch); MA (University of Stellenbosch); PhD (University of Pretoria)
Southern African politics; South African politics; comparative politics and democracy.
One party dominant systems in developing countries; democracy and agents of accountability (political and civil society); South African politics.
Current research 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.
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 and 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
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', Eyewitness 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-