How hashtag activism moves offline in The Gambia

In The Gambia, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are directly, and indirectly, shaping politics. The latest We Are Social’s Digital report counted 370,000...

Digital technologies and the new public square: revitalising democracy?

Over the past 15+ years, the world has witnessed an astonishing transformation in information and communications technologies (ICTs) across both developed and...

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...

Is Africa becoming more democratic?

In celebration of Africa Day, DiA's Nic Cheeseman considers whether Africa is becoming more democratic, and argues that things look better than you might...

INTRO: Why digital democracy will take more than technology in Africa

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn’t quite turned out...

Democratic breakthroughs in Africa: time to celebrate but worries still linger

With International Day of Democracy on 15th September, Nic Cheeseman takes stock of key trends and developments across sub-Saharan Africa. ***** Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham There...

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in...

Professor Nic Cheeseman's traditional review of the year, which analyses some of the main developments on the continent in 2017 and looks ahead to the prospects...

Join the new “Ideas in African Politics” Network now!

You are invited to join a new research network study of the history and impact of African political thought. The name for...

Authoritarian Africa – Watch the Video of Fromagehomme’s new book!

DiA's very own Fromagehomme (aka Prof Nic Cheeseman) has a new book out with Dr Jonathan Fisher called Authoritarian Africa: Repression, Resistance and the...

#GambiaRising: Big protests rock the small nation

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...