Department of Political Sciences

Prof D Kotzé

College of Human Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Department: Political Sciences
Tel: 012 429 6512


  • PhD Political Studies (U. Witwatersrand, 1997)
  • MA History (U. Pretoria, 1988)
  • MA Political Science (U. Stellenbosch, 1985)
  • BA Honours Political Science (U. Stellenbosch, 1983)

Currently teaching

  • PSC 3702: Political Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • PLC 4802: Political Dynamics

Fields of academic interests

  • South African politics, public policy, political parties, elections, international relations
  • Political conflict resolution, negotiations, unity governments, transitional justice
  • Elections
  • Democracy, democratisation, quality of democracy (

Field of Specialisation

  • South African politics
  • Political conflict resolution
  • Democracy


Book chapters:

Journal articles

Paper presentations

International Conference Papers

  • “Norms of legitimacy for democratization: unconstitutional popular uprisings vs. mass demonstrations for regimes in Africa”, 22nd World Congress International Political Science Association, Madrid, 9-12 July 2012
  • “Diplomatic peace enforcement of a roadmap: The role of the SADC Organ in Madagascar”, Conference theme: Peacekeeping and Peace enforcement in Southern Africa, Organised by the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security, 21-23 September 2012, Lusaka, Zambia
  • “The responsibility to implement: SADC’s challenges as mediator in Madagascar to convert the peace deal into implementation”, The Thomas Ohlson Memorial Conference: From civil war to strong peace in Africa”, 18-20 April 2013, Uppsala, Sweden
  • “Land reform and sustainable food security as co-existing policy priorities in South Africa”, Tenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, 22-24 January 2014, University of Split, Croatia
  • “Executive-legislative relations and quality of governance” for the panel “What makes governance good/bad enough”, 23rd World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Montréal, Canada, 19-24 July 2014
  • “Civic pride, national identity and the quality of democracy in South Africa”, 65th Annual International Conference, Political Studies Association of the UK, Sheffield, UK, 30 March – 1 April 2015
  • “Parliament in a single-dominant party regime: South Africa”, 2nd Combined colloquium with the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, 28 August 2015
  • “Democratization of inequality: The judiciary and social movements in combination with parliamentary opposition”, 24th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Poznan, Poland, 23-28 July 2016
  • “Transitional governments of national unity (GNU): instruments of democratization or transitional stabilization”, IPSA research committees’ colloquium, Theme: Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies, Nicosia, Cyprus, 24-27 June 2017
  • “Political parties as transitional agents in South Africa’s Government of National Unity (1994-1999)”, Colloquium of the Tunisian Political Science Association, University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia, July 2018
  • “Unity governments and democratization during a transition: National unity or shared government”, 25th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Brisbane, Australia, 20-25 July 2018

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • International Political Science Association (IPSA): Vice-chairperson of Research Committee 34 (Quality of Democracy) and Vice-chairperson of Research Committee 13 (Democratization in comparative perspective)
  • Presidential appointee on the IPSA Council, 2018, former member of the IPSA Executive Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee, South African Association of Political Studies