Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership


Our affiliations in the U.S. and South Africa

The Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and shares the organization's goals of promoting a better understanding of the U.S. Congress through research, public outreach and public education about Congress and its workings.

The Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership is an institutional partner with the Democracy in Africa Research Unit of the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town in a major comparative project entitled the African Legislatures Project (ALP).  ALP is a path-breaking project that involves the following components: (1) systematic data collection on the structures and procedures of national legislatures in all 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa; (2) intensive in-country data collection on selected aspects of legislative performance as well as matching interviews of select samples of legislators and citizens in 18 countries currently covered by the Afrobarometer surveys; (3) theoretically grounded analysis and publication of results in refereed political science journals, as well as through regular working papers; (4) utilization of the data and analysis for outreach and enhancing in-country and donor-supported legislative strengthening programs; and (5) creation of website for disseminating the data and the working paper.

ALP is organized and managed by four principal investigators: (1) Professor Joel Barkan, University of Iowa; (2) Professor Robert M. Mattes, University of Cape Town; (3) Professor Shaheen Mozaffar, Bridgewater State University; (4) Ms. Lia Nijzink, University of Cape Town. Ms. Nijzink also serves as the Project Manager.