Political parties: Hard to work with, impossible to ignore

Susan Dodsworth gives us the highlights from her recent paper, published with Nic Cheeseman, on political parties and democracy promotion. Susan is a Postdoctoral...

Four ways the Kenyan election could be rigged – and how...

DiA's Nic Cheeseman looks at the prospects for election rigging in the Kenyan general election on 8 August, and what can be done about...
By-elections in Kenya

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Kenya’s 2017 elections

  Are you researching the Kenyan elections of 2017? Are you looking for a place to publish your work? If so, then click through for...

#BookClub. What drives election rigging – and when citizens resist it?

In recent months it has felt like election rigging has run riot. Citizens killed, beaten and intimidated and election...

Securitisation on parade: Ruto and the response to Garissa

Our Co-editor SJ Cooper-Knock explores Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto's speech in Nyeri on Saturday, and asks what the country could and should do...

Parliaments: freedom’s friend or foe?

In recent years, numerous legislatures across Africa have attacked the very freedoms that we hoped they would defend. What motivates anti-democratic in these institutions?...

Why Africa needs a regional criminal court

Does Africa need a regional criminal court? And how can we promote international justice in light of recent criticisms of the International Criminal Court. Dominique...

Why Ethiopia’s Federal System is Dangerously Flawed

The reform agenda of Prime Minister Ahmed has raised uncomfortable questions about the country's federal political structure, whether it is fit for purpose, and...

Uganda: Election secured, support uncertain.

Following Museveni's electoral victory Michaela Collord asks: How much support does Uganda's president really have? Michaela is a PhD candidate in politics at the University...

Kenya’s elections are much more than just a ruthless game of...

  Polls indicate that Kenya's elections are too close to call, while the election will be the most expensive in history. To explain this, Justin...