Author Archives: Nic Cheeseman

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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KENYA: Mass resignation of columnists rocks Daily Nation newspaper

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and seven other columnists from Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper today resigned their positions in protest at growing censorship and the silencing of critical voices.

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Cambridge Analytica in Africa: Don’t Believe (All) the Hype

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman looks at whether “big data” can swing African elections, and debunks some of the claims made for Cambridge Analytica in a new article with Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis

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Cambridge Analytica in Africa … bravura or bravado?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman talks to the BBC about the recent revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, and whether companies like it can really change the course of African elections.

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KENYA: Class, ethnicity and the Kenyatta/ Odinga deal

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman investigates the latest deal between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, and asks whose interests are being looked after

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International Women’s Day 2018: What is there to celebrate?

DiA’s Nic Cheeseman and the University of Birmingham’s Jill Steans ask whether there is anything to celebrate on this International Women’s Day, and why so many democracies do a worse job of promoting female political representation than their authoritarian counterparts …

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DiA Mentorship Scheme: Apply Now!

Professor Nic Cheeseman is launching a new mentorship scheme through Democracy in Africa for young commentators and journalists from East Africa who would like career and writing advice and support.

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#SaloneDecides: Will new parties end Sierra Leone’s two-party dominance?

Does the emergence of two new political parties make it harder for any one party to establish dominance, and render a transfer of power more likely in the elections scheduled for 7 March? Luisa Enria and Jamie Hitchen investigate …

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