Tag Archives: African Democracy

Ethiopian politics beyond the vanguard?


Jason Mosley provides insight into recent unrest in Ethiopia, where the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front are at a crucial turning point. Jason is a Research Associate of the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He is also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies and an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme […]

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Fleeting glory in a wasteland: Wealth, politics, and autonomy in Northern Chad


Judith Scheele and Julien Brachet tell us about their research in Northern Chad. This work asks how we can understand ideas and practices of traditional authority, and what these mean for our understanding of the state. Judith Scheele is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. Julien Brachet is a Marie-Curie Research Fellow […]

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Deconstructing the Magufuli miracle in Tanzania 

Our co-editor Nic Cheeseman takes a look at the rise and rule of Magufuli in Tanzania. He argues that his successes as a populist leader are likely to be short-lived, and the costs to democracy and development are likely to be great. This piece is drawn from Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.

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Political parties: Hard to work with, impossible to ignore


Susan Dodsworth gives us the highlights from her recent paper, published with Nic Cheeseman, on political parties and democracy promotion. Susan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow In The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion at the University of Oxford.

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#IIAG: African governments must get the basics right

Luisa Porritt

Luisa Porritt shares and explores with us some of the big issues tackled at this week’s conversation on the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, hosted by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the index. Luisa is a writer and adviser on political economy. She is also a visiting tutor at Royal […]

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Done with one election, on to the next: Museveni looks to the future


This has been a tumultuous year for Ugandan President Museveni. In her regular column on Presidential Power,  Michaela Collord casts the spotlight on Museveni as he tries to put this year behind him and face the future. 

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Uhuru cannot start planning second term yet

Nic Cheeseman

Some commentators are claiming that the Jubilee Party have the 2017 in the bag. Taking a look at both the history of past parties and the current political landscape, Nic Cheeseman argues that we cannot be so sure. This blog was originally published in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.

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Save the Afrobarometer: Why African opinion polls are so important

Our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, highlights the uncertain fate of the Afro-barometer and explains why its closure would be such a great loss to academics and politicians across the continent. 

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President Museveni buying loyalty of newly elected MPs in Uganda


Following Museveni’s electoral victory earlier this year, Michaela Collord asks how the controversial leader is securing support. Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Oxford. This blog post was originally posted on the Presidential Power blog.

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#thisflag and the power of nationalism in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman takes a look at the #thisflag movement in Zimbabwe and asks why the country’s flag has been relatively absent from protest politics to date. Sara is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She tweets at @afr_pol.

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