Tag Archives: African Democracy

Update from the Gambia: From the ballot box to the court room?


12 December 2016, 13:00 Maggie Dwyer, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, joins us to talk through developments in the Gambia, the prospect of the courts and the role of the military.   

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Between citizenship and marginalisation in Angola


Vasco Martins tells us about his recent research on citizenship in Angola, which has recent been published in Citizenship Studies. Vasco is a research at the Centre for International Studies, ISCTE-IUL, in Lisbon.

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Moving Beyond Movements: Everyday citizenship in South Africa

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In this post, Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock talks about her recent work that pushes the boundaries of research on social movements in South Africa by paying greater attention to the everyday citizenship of their members. 

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Democracy in Africa: The Movie


In a new (short) film, Democracy in Africa’s Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks about his recent book, the prospects for democracy in Africa, and the importance of this political moment. The interview covers the challenges facing democratisation across the continent, the drivers of Africa’s democratic successes, and visions for African democracies in the future. Will the paths of these […]

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Pressure mounts on President Zuma

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman reflects on the political life and times of Jacob Zuma, and questions whether he will survive the State of Capture report, which uncovered the hold that the Gupta family have secured on the state.

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When is it legitimate to break the law? Reflections on the life of Bram Fischer

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

Following the recent Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford, Nic Cheeseman reflects on when it is legitimate to break the law. This piece originally appeared in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation. 

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From democracy promotion to ‘politically smart’ governance reform in Africa


Rosie Pinnington provides an important critique of the ‘politically smart’ governance reform that is being adopted by increasing numbers of donors. Rosie is a DPhil researcher in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her work explores donor approaches to supporting institutional reform in Africa.

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Democratisation and single-party dominance: The case of Namibia


Ian Cooper tells us about his recent paper, in which he argues that Namibia has democratised under single-party dominance, contrary to popular thinking on democratic consolidation. Ian is a Teaching Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).

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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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