Robert Mattes is a Professor of Political Studies, general postgraduate convenor, and programme convenor of the Political Science postgraduate programme.
Research Interests and Publications
Over the past decade his research has focused on democratization in South Africa and across the African continent, focussing specifically on the role of public attitudes, voting and elections.
He is the co-author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005) and author of The Election Book: Judgement and Choice In the 1994 South African Election (Cape Town: Idasa, 1996).
He has also authored or co-authored articles in leading international journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992).
He is involved in a range of ongoing data collection projects in which interested post graduate students might be able to work, and / or use data for their own research.
He is a co-founder and a Deputy Director of the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of Africans' attitudes toward democracy, markets and civil society conducted in up to 8 countries across the continent.
He is also a Principal Investigator in the African Legislatures Project, which aims to collect systematic data on the powers, resources of African parliaments and the attitudes and values of members of African Parliaments.
And he is the South African principal investigator of the Comparative National Elections Project, which conducts post election surveys in over two dozen countries across the world. As part of this project, the South African team conducted a post election survey in 2004, as well as a systematic content analysis of news media coverage of the campaign for the 2004 election.
A wide arrange of data from these projects is or will be available to students and other scholars through the DataFirst Resource Centre.
Physical Address: Room 5.22, Robert Leslie Building, Upper Campus
Postal Address: Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, Private Bag, Rondebosch 7700.