Taking a comparative perspective, Co-editor Nic Cheeseman asks what lessons the Nigerian presidential election has for politicians in Kenya, and beyond. A strong opposition coalition, a weak government, an independent electoral commission and a large margin of victory are crucial, he argues, if elections are to facilitate a turn-over of power.
Tag Archives: African Democracy
Co-Editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Buhari’s victory and the questions that remain, as the nation goes to the polls once more for the Governorship and House Assembly.
Chiara Loschi explores the recent terrorist attack in Tunisia and its implications for the political and economic future of the country. Chiara is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Turin, in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society.
Most attempts to understand how education affects politics miss the point, argues Dan Hodkinson. To understand the link between the two, we need to look again at student experience. Dan is a PhD candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development, at the University of Oxford.
Voice of Votes has recently started to garner attention in Nigeria and beyond. In the run up to the election, we asked Ismail Jibrin to tell us more about the technology-based offering, and how it could shape the election and its aftermath. You can contact Ismail, here.
Our Co-editor, Sarah Jane Cooper-Knock, explores the recent protests around institutional racism at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in South Africa. She also asks what questions these protests raise for universities beyond South Africa.
In this post, Michaela Collord explores Zuma’s survival of the no-confidence in the National Assembly, and future parliamentary prospects in this dominant party democracy.
In this post, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman reports on the health worries facing President Lungu in Zambia, comparing the handling of this last health crisis with those that surrounded President Mwanawasa and President Sata.
In this post, Sam Sturgis argues that as Africa is embarking on an urban revolution, African cities are right to want a seat at the table. Sam Sturgis is an Editorial Fellow with CityLab, where this post was first published.
In his column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman argues that those who wish to gain and hold onto power in Kenya should concentrate on local development. Development, rather than ethnicity or personal weatlh and status will pay off at the polls.