Tag Archives: African Democracy

South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view

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In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities. In his first post, Matthew deals with the long duree of the ANC and the DA, taking an optimistic position on the prospects of the DA. His second post will explore the growing urban and […]

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Is rise of middle class good for democracy?

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his fortnightly column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman asks how we should define ‘middle class’ – is the common definition of $2 a day a robust measure? Should we be looking at a much higher bar? Focusing in on Kenya, he also explores the attitudes of middle class Kenyans towards democracy.

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What do the local election results mean for President Macky Sall and the ruling coalition in Senegal?

Sophia Maestrup

In this post, Sophia Moestrup analyses the repercussions of the local elections held at the end of June in Senegal. This post originally appeared on the blog Presidential Power. 

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Debating media and democracy in Africa

SJ CK

In the final blog of our media and democracy series, our co-editor Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock tells us all about a recent Oxford seminar on media and democracy in Africa. The event was part of a new European Union funded (2.2 million Euros) research project on Media, Democracy and Conflict around the world in which researchers from […]

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Presidential debates in Kenya: give ‘em the old razzle dazzle

Natalie Moss

In this blog, Natalie Moss explores Kenya’s 2013 electoral debates and their coverage in the media: what can we learn from the ways in which these debates were conducted? How were they presented in the media? In whose interests were the media acting? Natalie is a PhD student at Durham University, her research examines the history of […]

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Journalists’ pay and conditions in Rwanda

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In this blog, Sally Stapleton argues that we must give equal energy to opening space for media voices and improving the quality of the voices that we hear. With that in mind, she tells us about a recent survey that has explored the pay and conditions of journalists in Rwanda.

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Press freedom debates and journalism scholarship in South Africa

Herman Wasserman

Kicking off our series on the media and democracy, Herman Wasserman highlights the role that academics can play in ongoing debates over media freedom. He focuses in on the role played by journalism scholars and educators in response to proposed reforms in South Africa. Herman is a Professor of Media Studies at Rhodes University and […]

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Boko Haram and the Nigerian state crisis

Richard Joseph

In this blog, originally posted on Africa In Focus, Richard Joseph argues that the resolution to the ongoing conflict between the government and Boko Haram will not be solved by better intelligence, but with the emergence of a credible, democratic state. Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor of International History and Politics at Northwestern University.

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Lessons from Nigeria’s ‘war on terror’

Nic Cheeseman

In his latest column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, asks what Kenya can learn from Nigeria’s attempts to tackle Boko Haram. The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok may prove to be a turning point in the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram, with a recognition of the need for better intelligence, international […]

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Rwanda and the Commonwealth

Will Jones

Will Jones asks how we should see Rwanda’s new-found commonwealth membership: does the country meet the criteria for membership? How should we assess Rwanda’s democracy since 1994? Will its membership encourage further democratisation? Will Jones is a Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences at Balliol College, Oxford, and a research at the University’s Refugee Studies Centre.

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