Tag Archives: African Democracy

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


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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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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President Zuma escapes censure for no show in South Africa

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In this post, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman explores recent events in South Africa’s National Assembly, which led to a motion to censure President Jacob Zuma. This post originally appeared on the Presidential Power blog. 

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Agri-food industry growth and the land grab in north-east Africa


In this blog, Marion Dixon explores the changing food regime in Egypt, as well as the political implications of this shifting food nexus in the country, and beyond. A full account of this research has been published in the Review of African Political Economy. Marion is a Professorial Lecturer at American University.

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Incumbency and opportunity: forecasting trends in Nigeria’s 2015 elections


In this blog, Olly Owen and Zainab Usman explore the course that Nigeria’s 2015 elections could take. Their analysis highlights the possibility of a run-off election for the first time under Nigeria’s current electoral system. Olly is a Junior Research Fellow and Zainab is a DPhil candidate. Both are based in the Oxford Department of […]

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Pre-election rift in Nigeria’s PDP


In this article, Michaela Collord argues that a pre-election rift has opened up in the People’s Democratic Party, which has placed the  executive and the legislature on a collision course. 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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NGOs and democracy in Ghana


In this article, Jelmer Kamstra and Luuk Knippenberg introduce their recent research into NGOs and democracy in Ghana. They argue that NGOs in the country play a variety of democratic roles, drawing on different types of legitimacy. They believe that there is strength in this diversity, but that this is often missed by critics who […]

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Academic questions about the ebola crisis


In this blog post, Kerrie Thornhill discusses how academics can contribute to the ongoing ebola crisis by addressing its root causes in global inequality. Kerrie is a doctoral candidate in Geography at University of Oxford. Her research on gender violence in postwar Liberia has been generously funded by the Trudeau Foundation, the Clarendon Fund, and […]

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Joyce Banda’s regime: Business (and politics) as usual


In this blog, Clive Gabay gives us a taste of his recent research into Joyce Banda’s rise and rule, which is published in full in the Review of African Political Economy. He argues that Banda never marked the break from the political status quo, as donors claimed. His analysis of the political-economy of Banda’s regime […]

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