Author Archives: Democracy in Africa

Biafran unrest and the shrinking national cake: what prospects for Nigeria?

Leila Demarest analyses how the failure of the South-East Development Commission Bill highlights an increasingly fragile fiscal pact in Nigeria.

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Elections, leaders and the politics of the primaries in Kenya

Duncan Otieno reflects on the controversial party primaries in Kenya and argues that it is in the interests of party leaders to embrace the recent upsurge in independent candidates.

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Natural resources and resistance in Western Sahara

Joanna Allan explores the roots of resistance in Western Sahara, reflecting on how oil, phosphates and the struggle against colonialism have played out in a state that is all too often overlooked in contemporary coverage of African politics.

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“So called” Professor Nic Cheeseman causes Zambia controversy

A recent article by DiA’s Nic Cheeseman made front page news in Zambia, and was subsequently denounced by the Patriotic Front government. Click through for the story, and the denunciation.

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Election monitoring neither free nor fair


In this remarkable insider account of the birth of modern election monitoring, Professor Stephen Chan discusses the challenges facing election monitors and asks the big questions: why do observers often pull their punches? Has observation has outlived its usefulness? What can be done to improve it? Read his article first on Democracy in Africa … 

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Call for Proposals: The changing face of electoral manipulation in Africa

ECAS 2017, 29 June-1 July, Basel **Deadline 19 January 2017**

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Between citizenship and marginalisation in Angola


Vasco Martins tells us about his recent research on citizenship in Angola, which has recent been published in Citizenship Studies. Vasco is a research at the Centre for International Studies, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon.

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What will a Trump or Clinton presidency mean for Africa?

Democracy in Africa

On the eve of the US election, Robtel Neajai Pailey reflects on what the outcome could mean for the African continent. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the anti-corruption children’s book, Gbagba.

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From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa


Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the ‘politically smart’ governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil researcher in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her work explores donor approaches to supporting institutional reform in Africa.

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Democratisation and single-party dominance: The case of Namibia


Ian Cooper tells us about his recent paper, in which he argues that Namibia has democratised under single-party dominance, contrary to popular thinking on democratic consolidation. Ian is a Teaching Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

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