Political Science
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Dr Nicola de Jager

​​​​Qualifica​​​tions

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

Understanding the influence of Christianity and democratic development, with a focus on South Africa's democratic development.

​​Recent publicat​​ions

​Bo​oks

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.

Articles in Refereed Journals

De Jager, N. and Steenekamp, C.L. 2016. 'The changing political culture of the African National Congress,' Democratization, 23 (5): 919-939.

De Jager, N. and Sebudubudu, D.. 2016. 'Towards understanding Botswana and South Africa's ambivalence to liberal democracy,' Journal of Contemporary African Studies.

De Jager, N. and Musuva, C. 2016. 'The influx of Zimbabweans into South Africa: a crisis of governance that spills over'. Africa Insight, 8(1): 15-30.

Hågensen, L. and de Jager, N. 2016. 'Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: The case of De Doorns 2009'. Strategic Review, 38 (1): 107-125.

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

De Jager, N. and Meintjes, C.H. 2013. 'Winners, losers and the playing field in southern Africa's 'democratic darlings': Botswana and South Africa compared. Politikon, 40(2): 233-253.

Hodzi, O., Hartwell, L. and de Jager, N. 2012. 'Unconditional aid: Assessing the impact of China's developmental assistance to Zimbabwe'. South Africa Journal of International Affairs, 19(1): 79-103.

Hopstock, N. and de Jager, N. 2011. 'Understanding xenophobia in South Africa'. Strategic Review for Southern Africa, XXXIII (1):120-139.

De Jager, N. 2009. 'No 'New'ANC?' Politikon, 36 (2): 275-288.

De Jager, N. 2006. 'The South African-government, soft power and ideological hegemony'. Acta Academica, 38(2): 61-84.

Book Chapters

De Jager, N. and Parkin, A. (Forthcoming). 'Whither the ANC's dominance? Declining dominance, democratic impulses & 'losing' well.' HSRC and KAS.

Aziz Nassif, A. and de Jager, N. (Forthcoming). 'A Comparative Analysis of the political dynamics of Mexico and South Africa'. In Geldenhuys, D. and Gonzalez, H. Global South Powers in Transition. HSRC Press.

De Jager, N. and Taylor, I. 2015. 'Democratic contestation in Botswana'. In Metelits, C. and Matti, S. (editors) Democratic contestation on the margins: regimes in small African Countries. New York: Lexington Books.

De Jager, N. 2013. 'South Africa: A democracy in the balance' in De Jager, N. and Du Toit, P. Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in Southern Africa: Insights from the developing world. Tokyo, New York & Paris: United Nations University Press and Cape Town: UCT Press.

Du Toit, P. and De Jager, N. 2013. 'Conclusion: Resources and the politics of dominant party systems' in De Jager, N. and Du Toit, P. Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in Southern Africa: Insights from the developing world. Tokyo, New York & Paris: United Nations University Press and Cape Town: UCT Press.

De Jager, N. 2010. 'Democracy in South Africa's Dominant Party System' in Lawson, K. (editor) Political Parties and Democracy. Santa Barbara, CA and Oxford, UK: Praeger.

Opinion Pieces in the Popular Media

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

https://theconversation.com/state-companies-cant-help-development-if-the-state-is-a-partisan-player-64913

'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)