In July 2021, MISTRA launched a publication entitled, Marriages of Inconvenience: The Politics of Coalitions in South Africa. Prof. Nicola de Jager, provides a book review of the publication in the Journal of African Elections.

Prof Nicola de Jager writes, ‘’… the resonance of the book goes beyond coalition politics to interest those who seek a better grasp of local South African politics, African politics, party politics and electoral systems. As such this book is set to become a key reference for academics and practitioners alike.’’

Nicola de Jager (PhD in Political Science, University of Pretoria) is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science. From January 2018 until December 2022, she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. She is a C2 rated researcher with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and was a fellow of the African-Oxford (AfOx) programme at Oxford University. Formerly a research associate of the Transformation Research Unit (TRU); a research unit focused on projects dealing with transformations from autocracy to democracy and the reverse, conditions for the persistence of democracy, and the quality of government. Nicola has edited two books: South African Politics published by Oxford University Press and Friend or Foe? Dominant party systems in southern Africa (co-editor Prof. Pierre du Toit) published by UCT Press and the UNU Press. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including DemocratizationJournal of Modern African StudiesThird World QuarterlyPolitikonTaiwan Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies on topics of comparative politics, religion and politics, democratisation, South African politics, and southern African politics.