Tag Archives: democracy in africa

Uhuru cannot start planning second term yet

Nic Cheeseman

Some commentators are claiming that the Jubilee Party have the 2017 in the bag. Taking a look at both the history of past parties and the current political landscape, Nic Cheeseman argues that we cannot be so sure. This blog was originally published in Nic’s regular column for the Daily Nation.

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The myth about democracy in Africa

Editor: Nic Cheeseman

In his regular column for the Daily Nation, our co-editor Nic Cheeseman highlights the importance of democratic ideas and memories in the ongoing struggles for democratisation across the continent.

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Save the Afrobarometer: Why African opinion polls are so important

Our Co-editor, Nic Cheeseman, highlights the uncertain fate of the Afro-barometer and explains why its closure would be such a great loss to academics and politicians across the continent. 

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Protest, pastors and the courts in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman reflects on recent development in the #ThisFlag movement, including the release of Pastor Evan Mawarire. Placing developments in their broader political and historical context, she argues that there is cause for both caution and celebration in the wake of the Pastor’s release. Sara is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Her book […]

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President Museveni buying loyalty of newly elected MPs in Uganda

Michaela

Following Museveni’s electoral victory earlier this year, Michaela Collord asks how the controversial leader is securing support. 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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#thisflag and the power of nationalism in Zimbabwe

Sara Rich Dorman

Sara Rich Dorman takes a look at the #thisflag movement in Zimbabwe and asks why the country’s flag has been relatively absent from protest politics to date. Sara is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She tweets at @afr_pol.

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#GambiaRising: Big protests rock the small nation

Jammeh

Our co-editor, SJ Cooper-Knock, takes a look at the protests erupting in the Gambia over the past few weeks. Could this be the beginning of the end for President Yahya Jammeh?

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Old habits die hard: Elite behavior and the 2016 presidential elections in Niger

Seabastian Elischer

Sebastian Elischer takes a closer look at the recent elections in Niger. He shows that the current division between the opposition and the government are not a recent phenomenon but the outcome of the highly personalist nature of Nigerien politics. Twenty five years after the liberalization of Niger’s political system, Niamey’s political elite shows little […]

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The Party Rules and the 2015 Mainland Election in Tanzania

Source: Tanzanian National Electoral Commission and Author calculations

Much has been made of opposition’s progress in Tanzania. Here, Yonatan L Morse argues that the CCM remains strong and the opposition still has a long way to go if it wants to be a credible contender in 2020. Yonatan is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Associate Director of the Democracy and Governance Program at the […]

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How did the ICC trial of Laurent Gbagbo impact the elections in Côte d’Ivoire?

Je vote Gbagbo

Drawing on her recent research in the country, Sophie T. Rosenberg argues that the ICC may shape the political landscape for a long time to come. The ICC needs to take into account Ivorian political dynamics in the timing of its rulings – something the Court worryingly ignored during the recent presidential elections.

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