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...

Protecting women during elections in Malawi

Do male leaders, who so often profess a commitment to gender equality (for example here and here), believe in it? A study by...

Diversifying Africa’s militaries may be the key to successful democratization

The plight of African democracy is worsening. Global trends toward democratic backsliding have not spared the continent with incumbent leaders violating constitutional...

A corruption scandal smoulders in Malawi, as Pres Chakwera fires cabinet

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera came to power promising to tackle corruption. But his handling of a deepening corruption scandal of state capture...

Does Decentralization Help Women Enter Politics?

According to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development’s Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years After Beijing, the transfer...

How popular is China in Africa? And how do people think...

It’s been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar,...

Authoritarian regimes and democratisation in Africa: China and Russia compared

When the "third wave" of democratisation swept across much of Africa in the aftermath of the Cold War, hopes were high that...

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard...

It has become common to argue that most Africans are not that committed to democracy. Commentators often suggest that Africans care more...

Term Limits: A Linchpin to Restoring Democratic Norms in Africa

Lost in the wave of democratic backsliding seen in Africa in recent years has been the dramatic deterioration of term limit norms....

The Increasing Significance of Courts in Africa’s Contested Elections

The judicial nullification of presidential election petitions in Kenya and Malawi in 2017 and 2019, respectively, have been widely recognized as towering...