Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

Nicole Beardsworth explains why Ian Khama’s retirement and removal of Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not a strengthening of democracy but a means...

Poor services do not dent rural African voter trust

Nic Cheeseman and Hannah Waddilove share with us their recent findings on rural voters in Africa for Oxford Analytica. How important are rural voters? Do...

Zimbabwe’s historic elections: a case of leopards not changing their spots

As Zimbabwe's main opposition political party dispute the presidential election result, Cheryl Hendricks argues that it's time for political elites to put the interests...

The Party Rules and the 2015 Mainland Election in Tanzania

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...

Why is it so difficult to predict a winner in Zambia?

In this blog, Catherine Boone and Michael Wahman ask why so much uncertainty surrounds the outcome of the Presidential polls, which are due to...

Should Somalia hold elections during Covid-19?

Once considered as a failed state by many, for the first time in half a century, the president of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, announced...

What next for Zimbabwe?

Prof Nic Cheeseman looks at the options for the new government, assesses the pros and cons of elections versus some form of power sharing,...

Kenya: Thanking the Lord for power, control, and dropped charges at...

Following a recent thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the ICC's charges being dropped, Gregory Deacon explores the relationship between religion and politics in Kenya. Gregory is an independent...

TODAY! African Perspectives on the crisis of democracy in America

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Why we shouldn’t expect rapid democratic progress in Tanzania

Nobody was surprised that President John Magufuli won a second term in Tanzania’s 2020 general elections. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi has...