Tag Archives: African Democracy

The rise of President Edgar Lungu and the 2015 Zambian elections

Nicole Beardsworth

In this blog Nicole Beardsworth explores what is in store for the government and the country with Edgar Lungu taking the helm as President of Zambia. Nicole Beardsworth is a South African political analyst and doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick.

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The Hearing Voices Project: Building a platform for peacebuilding

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In this blog, David Roberts introduces his new site, the ‘Hearing Voices Project’, arguing that there is a need for a fresh approach to peacebuilding that harnesses the internet to capture people’s hopes and plans for peace. David is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Loughborough. For more information, you can get […]

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Why is it so difficult to predict a winner in Zambia?

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In this blog, Catherine Boone and Michael Wahman ask why so much uncertainty surrounds the outcome of the Presidential polls, which are due to be announced tomorrow. Catherine is a Professor of Comparative Politics and Michael is a Swedish Research Council Fellow. Both are at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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New Year, New Questions: Michael Wahman

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In this latest in the series of New Year, New Questions, Michael Wahman pushes for a focus on sub-national dynamics of electoral politics in Africa, and beyond. Michael is a Swedish Research Council Fellow at the London School of Economics. He specializes in research on elections, democratization and African politics.

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New Year, New Questions: Sara Rich Dorman

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In the next of our ‘New Year, New Questions’ series, Sara Rich Dorman highlights the need to explore the emergence of the middle class in Africa, and its relationship to the state. Sara is a Lecturer in politics at the University of Edinburgh.

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African Studies Scholarships at the University of Oxford

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The African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford have recently released details of their scholarships for 2014-2015. Take a look below.

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Botswana: beyond the ‘miracle’

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock emphasises the need to start realistically assessing the political status quo is Botswana. Since the 1990s, the country’s political economy has been far from ‘miraculous’ – in fact, its been increasingly worrying. With allegations of political violence growing and optimistic experts estimating that the country’s diamond supplies will only […]

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Political futures and political legacies in Burkina Faso

Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock

In this blog, our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock looks at the political transition in Burkina Faso, and explores the role of the military in the country – past and present. She highlights the influence that Thomas Sankara, the country’s charismatic and principled former president, still has on politics today. This influence is understandable, she argues, […]

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The Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality

Katy Long

In this article, Katy Long tells us about her new book ‘The Huddled Masses’ that tackles the issues of immigration and inequality, which have been at the heart of so many political debates and struggles across the globe.

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Parliament pins executive over corruption scandal in Tanzania

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In this blog, Michaela Collord takes a look at the escrow scandal in Tanzania, and the impressive efforts by politicians to investigate the issue and hold those responsible to account. With elections coming up in 2015, she asks what the political implications of this investigation might be. This blog was initially posted on Presidential Power. 

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