Democracy in Africa

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...

Angola crackdown fails to silence criticism

Justin Pearce explores the growing number of voices criticising Angola's regime, and the persecution that they have faced. Justin is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow...

Leaders for a new Africa? A new ISPI Report

The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) just published its new Africa Report – Leaders for a new Africa. Democrats, autocrats and development...

Southern Africa’s liberation movements: Can they abandon old bad habits?

Over the past year, there has been leadership changes in Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but does this leadership renewal signal the renewal of...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

The Presidential Succession in Angola: When, Who and How?

Presidential succession is one of the most important phenomena in African politics, yet it is rarely the subject of serious research.  Ruling parties often...

Angolan elections: in review

Here, Paula Cristina Roque gives us an overview of the Situation Report that she wrote for the Institute of Security Studies. The report reflects...

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 researcher at...

Urgent: Support Rafael Marques

Rafael Marques, a graduate of the MSc in African Studies at Oxford, is being tried in Angola for his writing and reporting.  A brief...

Corruption and Democracy in Angola

On April 1, 2011, the National Assembly of Angola voted for a bill that criminalizes the use of the internet and mobile phones to...