Category Archives: Ghana

Exploring dispossession: Biofuel land deals in Ghana


In this post, Festus Boamah explores large-scale land acquisitions in Ghana and the local politics that surround them. Festus is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography in the University of Bergen, Norway. 

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NGOs and democracy in Ghana


In this article, Jelmer Kamstra and Luuk Knippenberg introduce their recent research into NGOs and democracy in Ghana. They argue that NGOs in the country play a variety of democratic roles, drawing on different types of legitimacy. They believe that there is strength in this diversity, but that this is often missed by critics who […]

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Disappointing democrats: exploring the link between democratization and electoral turnover


In this article, Michael Wahman explores the links between electoral turnover and democratisation in countries where incumbents manipulate the electoral playing field to their advantage. Although you might think that an opposition win in such cases would accelerate democratisation, Wahman argues that this is not the case: parties may see the promise of democratisation as a […]

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Africa’s Third Liberation: Transformative growth and developmental governance

In this blog, Richard Joseph shares with us the text of his talk delivered to the Ghana Center for Democratic Development on 13 March 2014. He hopes that, in sharing the text, he will bring these arguments to a wider audience and actively welcomes thoughts and feedback in comments section below this article. Richard is […]

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Political Parties and Democracy in Ghana


In this blog, Osei Anja challenges the idea that African parties are ‘weak’ by looking at political parties in Ghana. Anja Osei is working at the Institute of International Politics and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. This blog is based on his recent article in the […]

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How Kenya can make the most of its oil and gas find?


In this blog, our co-Editor Nic Cheeseman reports back from a recent workshop at the University of Oxford held by the African Studies Centre and Oxfam on extractive industries in Africa.  

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More in common than you think: elections in Sierra Leone and Ghana


Over forty per cent of  the countries in Africa held polls in 2012, sparking a raft of electoral analysis. Here, Jonathan Bhalla gives us a new angle on that analysis by making a more unusual comparison between elections in Sierra Leone and Ghana. Jonathan is a Research Manager at the Africa Research Institute. The views expressed […]

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Ghana in-depth: what next for democracy in the country?


Following the declaration of John Dramani Mahama’s narrow victory, Nelson Oppong takes an in-depth look at elections and beyond in Ghana. He emphasises the need for change in the Electoral Commission’s approach to decision making, assesses the prospects for programmatic platforms and pragmatic politics in the country and asks whether the New Patriotic Party can […]

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Ghana elections: Updates from the ground (part one)

Ghanian Election

Voting for presidential and parliamentary elections is currently ongoing in Ghana, as the polls have been extended for a second day. The two front runners in the presidential race are President John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo. Mahama is the successor of President John Atta Mills, who passed away in July of this year, and leads the National […]

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What Next for Ghana After the President’s Death?

President John Evans Atta-Mills untimely death during a heated election campaign has thrown Ghanaian politics into a state of flux. Here Sarah Brierley, doctoral candidate at UCLA, explains what recent events mean for the future of Ghana. On 24th July 2012, President John Evans Atta-Mills sadly passed away while in hospital in Accra after a […]

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