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...

Why elections in Namibia were less boring this time

Namibia’s one-party dominant political system is under threat. Having dominated the political scene since the reintroduction of multiparty politics, the ruling party only just...

Is Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa using Constitutional Amendments to rig the 2023...

As Zimbabweans struggle to survive, President Mnangagwa is setting the rigging machinery in motion. In this midweek read, Justice Mavedzenge, shows us how Mnangagwa...

Africa in 2017: The political road ahead

Nic Cheeseman reflects on some of the discussions emerging from the recent Royal African Society event 'Africa in 2017: Prospects and Forecasts' at the...

The ruling party wins AGAIN in Botswana, but the election is...

Despite a lot of excitement and a former president backing the opposition, the ruling party has emerged victorious in Botswana - as in every...

Power-sharing and democratization by elections in Kenya

Power-sharing has long attracted attention of scholars studying democratization in Africa. It has been used in various contexts as a mechanism to...

Remembering Zambia’s flawed 2016 election as 2021 looms

Reading Sakwa James’ recent blog on the 2021 Ugandan elections gave me a sense of déjà vu – here we go again,...

Zambia: President Lungu sacrifices credibility to repress opposition

DiA's Nic Cheeseman looks at the political crisis in Zambia, where the opposition leader has been charged with treason, and analyses the prospects for...

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...

Ethiopia: An endless emergency?

Sam Stratford finds that, despite a change in leadership within the ruling EPRDF, prospects for political reform and democratisation in Ethiopia remain elusive, resulting...