Tag Archives: Africa

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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Preview: Property and political order in Africa

Catherine Boone(10-col)

Here at DiA, we like to keep our readers abreast of the best publications in African politics. This week we are delighted to preview a ‘must read’ from one of the discipline’s leading lights, Catherine Boone. Her new book, ‘Property and political order in Africa: Land rights and the structure of politics,’ is forthcoming from […]

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Dr Nic Cheeseman reviews Africa in 2013 for Bloomberg TV

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Our founder and co-editor, Dr Nic Cheeseman, has appeared on Bloomberg TV to review the major events and trends of 2013 in Africa. Bloomberg is a 24-hour business & financial live television network that reaches over 310 million homes worldwide, with an average working day audience of 426,721 viewers, surpassing audience figures for CNN International, […]

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Beyond China and Africa: a focus on India


In the second of our ‘beyond China and Africa’ series, Pooja Jain explores India’s attempts to forge connections with Africa in aid, trade, and diplomacy. Pooja Jain is a PhD candidate at the Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). If you missed our earlier post on Brazil and Africa, you can read it here. 

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The Prospects for Electoral Pacts and Democratic Progress in Zimbabwe


In this opinion piece, Pedzisai Ruhanya  stresses the need for the opposition to unite ahead of this year’s elections in Zimbabwe. Pedzisai is a PhD candidate and the director of the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute Trust.

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Zimbabwe’s Draft Constitution: history is made but what does the ‘yes’ vote mean?


Following their insightful piece on the draft constitution, Zimbabwe Democracy Institute give us their opinion on the referendum in Zimbabwe in support of the draft constitution, and what this means for the upcoming national elections.

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Debating for peace: can Kenya’s TV debate lessen the chances of conflict at the polls?


In this opinion piece, Tim Wigmore argues that the TV debate in Kenya could have increased the important of programmatic politics in the forthcoming election, and decreased the likelihood of violence at the polls, or after.   

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Alex Cobham, Save the Children.


In the final interview in our series of ‘reflecting back, looking forward’, we talk to Alex Cobham who is Head of Research at Save the Children. The perspectives expressed here are his own and may not reflect those of Save the Children. We have staggered our New Year interviews at DiA across the first two […]

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Reflecting back, looking forward: Association for Peace and Human Rights


As the new year is getting under way, Democracy in Africa has asked key groups and individuals to reflect on developments in Africa during 2012, and look forward to 2013. We have invited them to share with us their insights and predictions, their hopes and their fears. Here, we speak to  René Claude Niyonkuru, Executive Director of the Association […]

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Kenya’s first presidential debate

The media, corruption and democracy in Africa

For those who missed the first presidential debate in Kenya, Dominic Burbidge pulls out some of the key issues and controversies. Dominic is a DPhil candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford.    

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