How Digital Repression Is Changing African Politics

Africa’s first election of 2021, featuring a presidential race in Uganda between President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Bobi Wine, provided a...

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...

Why Democracy and Authoritarianism Are Both on the Rise in Africa

DiA's own Nic Cheeseman looks at the trends in democracy and authoritarianism in Africa over the last few years, and identifies an increasingly divided...

What Google Trends Data can Tell Us About the Tanzanian Election

Over the last 5 years, Tanzania has seen a steady increase in authoritarian practices. This trend reached its climax in the recent...

Tanzania – Is parliament waking up?

Michaela Collord investigates recent goings on in Tanzania, and asks whether there is evidence that the legislature is becoming more willing to stand up...

What Africa has to teach the world about democracy

Recent episodes of backsliding in countries such as South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has led to a resurgence of Afropessimism and the idea that...

What Does Post-Socialist Democracy Look Like in Africa?

Between 1960 and 1992, socialist one-party states were among the most common forms of government in Africa. Rhetorically, this ideology offered leaders...

Whose government is it anyway? Uranium extraction in Tanzania

In this blog, James Mitchell argues that the CCM government in Tanzania is helping foreign mining companies to systematically exploit their citizens. James is...

Tanzania – Where President Magufuli’s politics and his economics meet

Michaela point to ways in which Magufuli’s economic strategy supports the consolidation of the President’s own, quite fragile political base. Michaela is a DPhil candidate...

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...