Category Archives: Ghana

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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Biometric Voter Registration Arrives in Ghana


The use of technology to prevent electoral fraud is becoming increasingly common, with Kenya one of the latest countries to begin piloting the possibility of biometric voting. But is the technology good enough and reliable enough, and can it be made to work effectively in countries with a limited national infrastructure. Here, Kojo Pumpuni Asante, a Senior Research Officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, discusses the move towards biometric voting in Ghana.

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‘An African Election’: Reflections on Ghana’s 2008 Elections

If you haven’t already seen ‘An Africa Election’, the documentary on the Ghanaian elections of 2008 in which the NDC opposition narrowly defeated the incumbent NPP, you really should. Along with one of our students, Jonno Jackson, I was lucky enough to chair a film screening and Q&A with the director, Jarreth Merz, at the […]

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African Elections as Vehicles for Change

I have just published an article on when African elections actually lead to political change in the Journal of Democracy. The aim of the paper is to explain when elections do and do not result in opposition victories, and hence create possibilities for a significant change in public policy. I show that across the continent […]

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