Tag Archives: elections

Changing of the guard?


Justin Willis asks what is in store for Uganda now that Mbabazi has committed to run in elections, compares his candidature to Museveni’s previous opponents, and explains how his candidacy will be shaped by the need for cash on the campaign trail.

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Al-Bashir easily wins re-election bid in Sudan

Democracy in Africa

In contrast to the positive picture from Nigeria, portraits of the Sudanese electoral landscape look bleak. Michaela Collord explores. 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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Buhari and beyond: The answers we have and the questions that remain

Nigeria in Numbers

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.

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New Year, New Questions: Michael Wahman


In this latest in the series of New Year, New Questions, Michael Wahman pushes for a focus on sub-national dynamics of electoral politics in Africa, and beyond. Michael is a Swedish Research Council Fellow at the London School of Economics. He specializes in research on elections, democratization and African politics.

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Incumbency and opportunity: forecasting trends in Nigeria’s 2015 elections


In this blog, Olly Owen and Zainab Usman explore the course that Nigeria’s 2015 elections could take. Their analysis highlights the possibility of a run-off election for the first time under Nigeria’s current electoral system. Olly is a Junior Research Fellow and Zainab is a DPhil candidate. Both are based in the Oxford Department of […]

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Disappointing democrats: exploring the link between democratization and electoral turnover


In this article, Michael Wahman explores the links between electoral turnover and democratisation in countries where incumbents manipulate the electoral playing field to their advantage. Although you might think that an opposition win in such cases would accelerate democratisation, Wahman argues that this is not the case: parties may see the promise of democratisation as a […]

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Power and electoral politics in Ethiopia


In this blog, Elise Dufief argues that in the 2005 and 2010 elections, the Ethiopian government repeatedly made empty gestures towards democratic practice so that it could strengthen the state and secure its incumbency without risking international condemnation. We should expect that similar tactics will be used in May 2015 and, despite the political and […]

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


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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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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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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