Professor Bob Mattes

Politics

Personal statement

Born and educated in the United States, I spent the past 25 years in South Africa (working at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, and teaching at the University of Cape Town, before coming to Strathclyde. My research examines the process of democratization, with a particular focus on Africa and South Africa. I am co-founder and Senior Adviser of Afrobarometer, a regular survey of over 30 countries in Africa (www.afrobarometer.org). I am also co-founder and co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a study of legislatures and legislators in 17 countries(www.cssr.uct.ac.za/alp),and the Principal Investigator of the South African National Election Study, a longitudinal series of post-election surveys dating back to 1994 (www.cssr.uct.ac.za/daru/sanes).

Publications

Party footprints in Africa : measuring local party presence across the continent
Krönke Matthias, Lockwood Sarah J, Mattes Robert
Party Politics (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1177/13540688211008352
South Africa : a united front? A divided government
Mattes Robert, Glenn Ian
Political Communication and COVID-19 Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis (2021) (2021)
African political culture
Mattes Robert, Nyenhuis Robert
Oxford Research Encyclopedias Politics (2021) (2021)
The consequences of partisanship in Africa
Mattes Robert, Kroenke Matthias
Research Handbook on Political Partisanship (2020) (2020)
A lost decade for third-wave democracies?
Chu Yun-han, Huang Kai-Ping, Lagos Marta, Mattes Robert
Journal of Democracy Vol 31, pp. 166-181 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2020.0029
Public opinion and democratic legitimacy
Mattes Robert
Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa (2019) (2019)

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Research interests

I work on issues of democratization primarlily through the tools of survey research but also employ other methods of institutional analysis.  I am co-founder and Senior Adviser of Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries (www.afrobarometer.org). I am also co-founder and co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a study of legislatures and legislators in 17 countries(www.cssr.uct.ac.za/alp).  Finally, I am the founder and Principal Investigator of the South African National Election Study, a longitudinal series of post-election surveys dating back to South AFrica's first democratic election of 1994 (www.cssr.uct.ac.za/daru/sanes).  These studies are also carried out in association with the Comparative National Elections Project, and Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project.

Professional activities

World Politics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
15/4/2020
British Journal of Political Science (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2019
International Political Science Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2019
International Journal of Transitional Justice (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2019
American Political Science Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2018
Democratization (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2018

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Projects

Political Parties in Africa
Mattes, Robert (Principal Investigator) Seekings, Jeremy (Principal Investigator) Lockwood, Sarah Jane (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018
African Legislatures Project
Mattes, Robert (Principal Investigator) Mozaffar, Shaheen (Principal Investigator) Barkan, Joel (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2008
Global Barometer Surveys
Chu, Yun-han (Principal Investigator) Mattes, Robert (Principal Investigator) Lagos, Marta (Principal Investigator) Haerpfer, Christian (Principal Investigator) Tessler, Mark (Principal Investigator) Shastri, Sandeep (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2000
Afrobarometer
Mattes, Robert (Principal Investigator) Gyimah-Boadi, E. (Principal Investigator) Bratton, Michael (Principal Investigator) Logan, Carolyn (Co-investigator) Dulani, Boniface (Co-investigator) Mitullah, Winnie (Co-investigator)
A regular survey of representative samples of citizens in 35 countries across Africa that measures people's well-being, and their preferences, evaluations and experiences with elected leaders and political institutions.
14-Jan-1998
South African National Election Study
Mattes, Robert (Principal Investigator) Schulz-Herzenberg, Collette (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-1994
Comparative National Elections Project
Mattes, Robert (Co-investigator) Gunther, Richard (Principal Investigator) Beck, Paul (Principal Investigator) Magalhaes, Pedro (Principal Investigator) Moreno, Alejandro (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-1988

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