Category Archives: Kenya

Power, peace, and space in Africa

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Franzisca Zanker tell us about her work with Claudia Simons and Andreas Mehler, which focuses on the local dimensions of power-sharing in Africa. A fuller account of this research is available in African Affairs.

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President Kenyatta’s Anti-Corruption Drive Falters

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman updates us on recent developments in Kenya, which have left commentators pessimistic about Kenyatta’s early push to eliminate corruption.

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Participation, constitution-building, and democratisation

Abrak Saati, doktorand

Abrak Saati tells us about her latest research, which suggests that participation in constitution-building processes does not improve  a country’s prospects of democratisation. Abrak is a Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University

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Securitisation on parade: Ruto and the response to Garissa

SJ CK

Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto’s speech in Nyeri on Saturday, and asks what the country could and should do in the aftermath of the tragedy in Garissa. With updates added on 14 April as events evolved.

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Why development is the best way to win elections

Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that those who wish to gain and hold onto power in Kenya should concentrate on local development. Development, rather than ethnicity or personal weatlh and status will pay off at the polls.

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The gender gap in Kenya – taking stock and moving forward

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his column for the Daily Nation our co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, argues that Kenya needs to improve its performance on gender issues. Whilst it is not one of the lowest performers, according to the global gender gap rankings, it has a long way to go in tackling the socio-cultural, political and economic barriers that prevent gender […]

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Coalition politics and the ICC in Kenya

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that President Kenyatta’s trip to the Hague told us as much about how he intends to handle domestic politics as about his intentions with regards to the ICC. His willingness to publicly state his faith in Deputy President William Ruto was an important […]

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Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Opinion polls play prominent role in Kenyan politics. But what can these polls actually tell us? That depends on how the poll was carried out. In this blog, co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that polling methods are frequently misunderstood, overlooked, or studiously ignored by the politicians and media outlets who quote them, and explores the consequences of […]

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What can we learn from the secession trend?

Nic Cheeseman

In his latest column for the Daily Nation, co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks what Kenya can learn from the recent spate of secession attempts – some successful, others not – from South Sudan to Scotland.

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Is rise of middle class good for democracy?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define ‘middle class’ – is the common definition of $2 a day a robust measure? Should we be looking at a much higher bar? Focusing in on Kenya, he also explores the attitudes of middle class Kenyans towards democracy.

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