Tag Archives: Constitution

The ‘other’ vote: Notes on the forgotten Zambian constitutional referendum

In this post Nicole Beardsworth gives us insights into the poll that people are not talking about: the constitutional referendum in Zambia. Nicole Beardsworth is a South African political analyst and doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick.

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Participation, constitution-building, and democratisation

Abrak Saati, doktorand

Abrak Saati tells us about her latest research, which suggests that participation in constitution-building processes does not improve  a country’s prospects of democratisation. Abrak is a Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University

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Tanzania’s constitutional review in limbo

The constitutional review in Tanzania got off to a promising start but it is now close to collapse. Michaela Collord charts the rocky road from those early days of cross-party cooperation to now. 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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President Sata and Zambia’s ‘people-driven’ constitution


In this  blog, Michaela Collord explores the controversies surrounding Zambia’s ‘people-driven’ constitution. Whilst opposition parties are far from blameless, the recent furor demonstrates how President Sata has stalled democratisation in the country now that ‘the People’ have become a hindrance rather than a help to his political aspirations. This blog was originally posted on the […]

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It is time to defend the freedoms bestowed by the constitution in Kenya

Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, Nic Cheeseman argues that the freedoms enshrined within the Kenyan constitution are currently under threat from the Kenya Information and Communication Bill (2013) and Miscellaneous Amendment Bill (2013).      

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Talkin’ ’bout a constitution: the document that is shaping Egypt’s struggle

Ballot and Beyond

In this article, Clément Steuer explores the role of the constitution in Egypt’s conflicts. He argues that the opposing sides differ on which collective of actors has sufficient legitimacy to pen a new constitution, and what the parameters of that document should be. Clément is a political scientist at the French Documentation and Research Center (Cedej) […]

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New laws helped numb the pain of electoral defeat

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our Co-editor Nic Cheeseman looks at the impact that the new constitution has had upon the functioning of the political system, and on the shaping of political culture within Kenya. 

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