Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

Can we protect elections by using new technology?

In a hot off the press – and open access – journal article in Democratization, DiA’s Nic Cheeseman argues that the introduction of new election technology can be a curse as well as a blessing.

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Democracy in Conversation

In a wide ranging interview, Régis Marzin quizzes Nic Cheeseman about democracy in Africa, colonial legacies, and the prospects for democratization. The interview is available in both French (second) and English (first).

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Is Democracy Dying: New BBC radio show asks big questions …

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman appears on BBC Radio 4s flagship discussion programme Start the Week to talk about why stories about the death of democracy have been greatly exaggerated.

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PODCAST: How to Rig an Election Book Talk

Listen to DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas set out the big ideas from their new book at their talk at the LSE earlier this week. What is the best way to rig an election? And how do you get away with it? And what is the best way to stop it? Find out here …

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Nigeria Update: Why Ekiti State’s July Governorship poll is a crucial litmus test for the 2019 presidential Election

Sa’eed Husaini explains why sub-national elections are so important, and how the upcoming contest in Ekiti State can provide valuable clues as to the dynamics and outcome of the next general election.

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NEW PODCAST: How to rig an election

What is the best way to rig an election? How is this changing with new technology? How can we stop authoritarian leaders from getting away with it? DiA’s Nic Cheeseman talks to Alice Evans and her fantastic Four Questions podcast.

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New Book Blog: How to rig an election and get away with it

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman celebrates the publication of his new book in the UK by writing a column with co-author Brian Klaas that summarises some of its key lessons and explains how dictators manipulate elections to strengthen their grip on power.

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New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you would think

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book – Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) – arguing that failing to recognise the importance of the rules of the democratic game creates a misleading picture of the continent’s politics.

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Bad Khama: The Corruption of the Botswanan Presidency

Kenneth Good looks back at the legacy of General Ian Khama, who has just announced that he will soon step down as president of Botswana, and concludes that the best thing about his time in office is that it is now over …

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How to Rig an Election

The new book from DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas has been making headlines, with a front page cover story for the Spectator and a lively podcast. Find out how to rig an election, and why counterfeit democrats are able to remain one step ahead of election observers.

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