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...

Why are there so many political parties in Senegal?

In the latest in our popular Book Club feature, Catherine Lena Kelly shares the key lessons of her new book Party Proliferation and Political Contestation...

How to Discredit An Election: An Opposition Playbook

Malawi recently held its breath as the Constitutional Court took ten hours to painstakingly read out its verdict on the highly controversial 2019 presidential...

WEBINAR: Africa’s New Leaders – Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe – 13 August!

Malawi - Nigeria - Zimbabwe August 13 10AM Washington, 3 PM Abuja/London and 4 PM Berlin/Harare/Lilongwe. Africa’s “old men” are slowly, but surely, being replaced. For the...

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...

NEW PODCAST: How to rig an election

What is the best way to rig an election? How is this changing with new technology? How can we stop authoritarian leaders from getting...

Factionalism and corruption could kill the ANC – unless it kills...

ANC’s electoral support is waning! Is it a momentary failure or it’s the new normal? Christopher Isike explains why corruption and factionalism rather than...

Election rigging Western style

In his regular column for Kenya's Sunday Nation newspaper DiA's Nic Cheeseman reflects on recent election scandals in the UK, and asks what the...

The coming crisis in Uganda

For our Friday read, Moses Khisa discusses the coming political crisis in Uganda, and what the future has in story for President Yoweri Museveni,...

New Book Blog: Why African leaders are more constrained by democratic...

Nic Cheeseman shares some of the highlights of his new book - Institutions and Democracy in Africa (CUP, 2018) - arguing that failing to recognise...