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Ghana decides: Opposition victory and thoughts for the future

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10 December 2017: 12:00pm In our final interview for the elections in Ghana, Nic Cheeseman looks at the emerging result and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead for the NPP.

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Ghana decides: Rumours of rigging and opposition optimism

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Wednesday 7th December, 15:30pm. In our second interview with Co-Editor Nic Cheeseman on the elections in Ghana, we talk about the opposition’s growing confidence in their lead and the room for vote rigging within the system.  

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Ghana decides: Update on the election

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Co-editor Nic Cheeseman talks to us from Ghana, arguing that the opposition can be cautiously optimistic 7th December 23:30pm (GMT):

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Africa’s diaspora return… but who benefits?

In this post, Ellen Houston adds nuance to the diaspora debate when looking at return migration to Ghana, asking what impact it has on social, economic and political dynamics in the country. Ellen is a former student from The University of Edinburgh, currently living and working with the UN in Lomé, Togo.

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Exploring dispossession: Biofuel land deals in Ghana

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In this post, Festus Boamah explores large-scale land acquisitions in Ghana and the local politics that surround them. Festus is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography in the University of Bergen, Norway. 

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NGOs and democracy in Ghana

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In this article, Jelmer Kamstra and Luuk Knippenberg introduce their recent research into NGOs and democracy in Ghana. They argue that NGOs in the country play a variety of democratic roles, drawing on different types of legitimacy. They believe that there is strength in this diversity, but that this is often missed by critics who […]

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Disappointing democrats: exploring the link between democratization and electoral turnover

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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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Africa’s Third Liberation: Transformative growth and developmental governance

In this blog, Richard Joseph shares with us the text of his talk delivered to the Ghana Center for Democratic Development on 13 March 2014. He hopes that, in sharing the text, he will bring these arguments to a wider audience and actively welcomes thoughts and feedback in comments section below this article. Richard is […]

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Political Parties and Democracy in Ghana

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In this blog, Osei Anja challenges the idea that African parties are ‘weak’ by looking at political parties in Ghana. Anja Osei is working at the Institute of International Politics and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. This blog is based on his recent article in the […]

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Ghana in-depth: what next for democracy in the country?

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Following the declaration of John Dramani Mahama’s narrow victory, Nelson Oppong takes an in-depth look at elections and beyond in Ghana. He emphasises the need for change in the Electoral Commission’s approach to decision making, assesses the prospects for programmatic platforms and pragmatic politics in the country and asks whether the New Patriotic Party can […]

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