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Online launch of CREDO’s new book, Democracy under pressure: Resilience or Retreat

Please join the Centre for Research on Democracy (CREDO) at Stellenbosch University and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for the online launch of CREDO’s new book, Democracy under pressure: Resilience or Retreat.

At this event, the book introduced in broad terms and the two authors of the chapter comparing Kenya and South Africa outline their findings.

Date: 24 February 2023
Time: 14:45 – 16:00 SAST

The event can be accessed above via Youtube and via this link:

About the book:

This book identifies the main factors shaping the fortunes of democracy globally. Why do some democracies in the same region and presumably subject to similar global influences remain stable while others regress? This is the question guiding all the authors of this edited book. In the search for answers, they examine 16 democracies in paired and tripled comparisons in sub-Saharan Africa, North and Latin America, East Asia, Western and Central Europe, along with two polar cases. Insights from the perspectives of history, political science, economics and international relations are offered along with a sketch of possible future scenarios. Combining approaches anchored in the analytical tradition with empirical case studies and given the broad range of topics, this book is bound to be of interest not only to students and practitioners of democracy but also to the broader academic and general readership. An index and chapter abstracts is available here: 

Event Details

24 February 2023

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Past Event



Ursula van Beek,  historian and professor at the Department of Political Science at Stellenbosch University.  She was the founding director of the Transformation Research Unit (TRU) and its successor the Centre for Research on Democracy CREDO. Her interest areas include historical memory, path dependency, and cross-cultural comparative research on democracy.  She is the co-author and editor of six books on democratic developments in countries located in all major global region. Democracy under Pressure: Resilience of Retreat (2022) Palgrave Macmillan is the latest addition to the series.

Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Professor Emeritus at Philipps-University, Marburg/Germany. Former Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and Vice-President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). His research interests include political culture, empirical democratic theory, development studies, comparative politics, and comparative methodology. His major more recent publications in English include Political Science-  A Global Perspective (with Bertrand Badie and Leonardo Morlino, 2017); and SAGE Handbook of Political Science (3 vol.  co-ed. with Bertrand Badie and Leonardo Morlino, 2020).

Dr Catherine Musuva, senior researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand and a research fellow at the Centre for Research on Democracy (CREDO) at Stellenbosch University. She is an experienced project management specialist having worked with leading democracy and governance non-governmental organisations in Africa for over a decade. Her research interests include migration, electoral politics, and democratic development in Africa. She has authored various publications in her field of expertise.

Dr Cindy Steenekamp, Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Stellenbosch University. She is the co-Principal Investigator of the World Values Survey and Elite/Opinion Leader Survey in South Africa. Her research focuses on political behaviour, political culture, political elites, democratisation, and various forms of governance, with a specialisation in quantitative data analysis, survey research, and comparative studies (elite-mass and cross-national studies).

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