We collect rigorous, systematic data on the following party activities:
In collaboration with the Political Party Database Project (PPDB), we collect data on the formal rules governing political parties in Africa. This includes information on party structures, institutions, resources, events, and the broader legislative and electoral environment. Data collection has now been completed for the first 20 parties in 9 African countries, and will be made publicly available in 2021. Additional countries are also being added on a regular basis. For more information see News and Events. If you are interested in using this data, or contributing to data collection, please contact us.
The Party Headquarter Survey examines the extent to which the day-to-day working of parties is guided by their official rules. This data collection will begin in 2020.
This module gathers systematic data about the physical reach of political parties, their behavior at the local level, and their interaction patterns with citizens. It does this by collecting and geocoding information on branch infrastructure, as well as surveying the preferences and behaviors of branch leaders. Pilot studies are currently underway in South Africa and Malawi.
Citizens & Local Communities
Finally, we are also interested in understanding citizens’ experience of political parties. As part of this, we have added a small number of questions to the latest round of the Afrobarometer.
Room 4.89, Leslie Social Science Building,
Upper Campus, University of Cape Town
12 University Avenue
Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: +27 650 5370