Why ideas and ideologies matter for politics in Africa

Political ideas and ideologies shape how leaders behave and are central to efforts to legitimise the exercise of power. From Donald Trump’s...

Real governance and practical norms in Sub-Sahara Africa: The game of...

Tom De Herdt and Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan tell us about their latest book, which enables us to study how public institutions function in everyday life across...

#RhodesMustFall: Tadiwanashe Madenga

At the ASAUK earlier this month, the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh hosted a series of panels on Decolonising the Academy....

The right to protest in South Africa and beyond: from democratic...

As 2019 draws to a close, Jane Duncan reviews subtle measures employed by countries like South Africa to limit protests. Read more about how...

President Ramaphosa faces populist pushback in South Africa

Many are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa can turn South Africa around, by reforming the government and civil service and inspiring economic growth. But, argues Jason...

Democracy’s Infrastructure

In this edition of our popular DiA Book Club, Antina von Schnitzler shares thought-provoking insights from her book, Democracy’s Infrastructure. Read more to understand...

WATCH! The importance of ideologies and ideas in Africa – IDAP...

Check out the brilliant round table on the importance of ideologies and ideas in Africa. https://youtu.be/iWHxNa8DePQ

Regional political inequality in Africa can be explained by colonial era-education....

Research shows that political elites tend to favour their home region when distributing resources. But what explains how political power is distributed...

Digital Democracy in Africa – Watch the Roundtable!

You can now watch the video of the fantastic high level round table on Decoding Digital Democracy in Africa organised by Democracy...

Reflections on Democracy in South Africa

South Africa has always been on my mind. I published my first article about South Africa in 1986 – a piece very...