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H J Kotzé

Hennie Kotzé

Author of historical and socio political publications
Professor of Politics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Stellenbosch University

Hendrik Jacobus (Hennie) Kotzé was born on 19 June 1947.
BA Hons (Stellenbosch), MA (University of South Africa), M Econ (Manchester), D.Litt et Phil (Rand Afrikaans)

Hennie Kotzé received an honours degree in political science from the University of Stellenbosch. He then completed two masters degrees: one in politics at the University of South Africa, and one in government at the University of Manchester in England. He later obtained a D.Litt et Phil from the Rand Afrikaans University. He has held lectureships at the University of South Africa and the Rand Afrikaans University, and was the Chair of the Department of Politics at Stellenbosch University for more than thirteen years. He was editor of Politikon (the journal of the South African Political Studies Association) from 1983-1989, and served as President of the South African Political Studies Association (SAPSA) from 1993-1995.

His current research focuses on the attitudes and values of the top opinion leaders in South Africa and the significance thereof for public policy-making. Since 1990 he has conducted a number of comprehensive surveys, involving the top 1500 opinion leaders in South Africa. He is also one of the principal investigators of the World Values Survey in South Africa.

He has produced more than 60 articles on comparative political behaviour, public policy and South African politics to South African and international journals. He has co-authored three books, edited four books, produced three monographs and has contributed chapters to many others. He writes for newspapers and popular magazines and regularly acts as socio-political consultant for South African and overseas companies.


Kotzé, Hennie & Greyling Anneke, Political Organisations in South Africa, Cape Town 1991
Kotzé, H.J. and Steenekamp, C.L. Values and Democracy in South Africa: Comparing Elite and Public Values. Johannesburg: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2009
Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa: The Pursuit of Freedom as Dignity (with Pierre Du Toit), Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

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