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Robert Mattes

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Robert is a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde a co-founder of Afrobarometer.

Biography

Robert Mattes is professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally from the United States, he spent 25 years researching and teaching in South Africa before moving to Strathclyde in 2016. He was visiting research scholar at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies in 2016.

He is honorary professor of political studies and former director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town. He is also a co-founder of Afrobarometer.

Robert was principal investigator in major research projects such as the African Legislatures Project and the South African National Election Study.

He is the co-author author of Public Opinion, Democracy, and Markets in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in American Journal of Political ScienceWorld Development, and Party Politics, among others.

Robert holds a PhD in political science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Working paper
WP190: Mapping state capacity in Africa: Professionalism and reach
24 Jan 2022
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WP186: Party footprints in Africa: Measuring local party presence across the continent
2 Oct 2020
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WP5: Democratic and market reforms in Africa: What ‘the people’ say
15 Dec 2000
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WP164: Ethiopians’ views of democratic government: Fear, ignorance, or unique understanding of democracy?
17 May 2016
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WP10: Political economic values and economic reform in Southern Africa
15 Aug 2001
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WP152: Are South Africa’s youth really a ‘ticking time bomb’?
30 Jul 2015
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WP151: South Africa’s emerging black middle class: A harbinger of political change?
29 Jul 2015
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WP131: The “Born Frees”: The prospects for generational change in post-apartheid South Africa
1 Apr 2011
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WP124: Understanding citizens attitudes to democracy in Uganda
1 Oct 2010
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WP123: Democratizing the measurement of democratic quality: Public attitude data and the evaluation of African political regimes
1 Oct 2010
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WP109: The limited impacts of formal education on democratic citizenship in Africa
1 Jun 2009
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WP98: The material and political bases of lived poverty in Africa: Insights from the Afrobarometer
1 May 2008
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WP91: ‘Uncritical citizenship’ in a ‘low-information’ society: Mozambicans in comparative perspective
1 Dec 2007
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WP82: Democracy without people: Political institutions and citizenship in the New South Africa
1 Nov 2007
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WP67: Public opinion research in emerging democracies: Are the processes different?
1 Mar 2007
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WP50: The democratic impact of cultural values in Africa and Asia: The cases of South Korea and South Africa
1 Jul 2005
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WP38: Understanding identity in Africa: A first cut
1 Jun 2004
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WP32: The state of democracy in Lesotho
1 Mar 2004
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WP31: Learning about democracy in Africa: Awareness, performance, and experience
2 Oct 2003
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WP30: Eight years of Multiparty Democracy in Mozambique: The Public’s View
1 Aug 2003
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WP26: Does ethnicity determine support for the governing party
1 Mar 2003
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WP24: Democratic governance in South Africa: The people’s view
1 Jan 2003
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WP23: Poverty, survival and democracy in Southern Africa – 2003
1 Jan 2003
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WP22: Mozambicans’ views of democracy and political reform: A comparative perspective
1 Nov 2002
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WP21: Examining HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa through the eyes of ordinary Southern Africans
1 Aug 2002
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WP18: Uncritical citizens or patient trustees? Tanzanians’ views of political and economic reform
1 Mar 2002
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WP8: Views of democracy in South Africa and the region: Trends and comparisons
1 Oct 2000
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WP7: Public opinion and the consolidation of democracy in Southern Africa
1 Jul 2000
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WP1: Support for democracy in Africa: Intrinsic or instrumental?
1 Apr 2000
Book
Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa
20 Sep 2004