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 […]
Tag Archives: Africa
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.