Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies


Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects

Abstracts of papers can be downloaded below. They are organised by order of surname.

Abstracts will be published here as they become available.

Delphine Abadie: 'Democracy without demos: The mining interests of a "gloomy Canada" in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 14KB]

Wale Adebanwi and Ebenezer Obadare: 'The Abrogation of the Electorate: An Emerging African Phenomenon' Download abstract [PDF: 23KB]

Ericka Albaugh: 'Minority Recognition or Exclusion: Defining Citizenship in "Democratizing" Cameroon' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Amukowa Anangwe: 'State, multi-party elections and ethnic violence in Kenya' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Jérôme Bachelard: 'Pressure struggles behind elections and coups: Madagascar's 2001-2002 and 2009 democratization crises in comparative perspective' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Matthias Basedau, Gero Erdmann & Alexander Stroh: 'Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour in Africa. Survey Evidence from Eight African Countries' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Charles Bélanger: 'Democratization and liberalization in Africa: the case study of Ghana' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Danielle Beswick: 'Democracy, identity and the politics of exclusion in post-genocide Rwanda: the case of the Batwa' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Warigia Bowman: 'The implementation of ICT policy in Rwanda' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Stephen Brown: 'Hybridity and Hypocrisy: Donor Discourse on Defective Democracy and Electoral Authoritarianism in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Janet Bujra: 'The ‘politics of the queue’: PLHA politicisation and AIDS activism in Tanzania' Download abstract [PDF: 12KB]

Greg Cameron and Sara Rich Dorman: 'Problems of nationalism and democracy in Zimbabwe and Tanzania' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Chambi Chachage: 'A Tale of Two Laws: Dual Democratization of Land Governance in Tanzania' Download abstract [PDF: 15KB]

Nic Cheeseman: 'Power Sharing in Comparative Perspective: The Origins and Consequences of 'Unity Government' in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Lillian Cherotich: 'Corruption and Democracy in Kenya' Download abstract [PDF: 12KB]

Henry Chingaipe: 'State Formation, Traditional Leadership and Multiparty Democracy in Malawi' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Blessings Chinsinga: 'The Interface between Local Level Politics, Constitutionalism and State Formation in Malawi through the Lens of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF)' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Asiyati Chiweza: 'Decentralisation and state formation in rural Malawi' Download abstract [PDF: 43KB]

Lionel Cliffe: 'Power-sharing in Kenya and Zimbabwe' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Lionel Cliffe: 'The Promise of Liberation: Explaining the Failure - Comparisons of southern Africa and the Horn' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Oda van Cranenburgh: 'Democracy Promotion in Africa: institutional issues' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Francesca Dau: 'On African Parliaments: Constitutional and Electoral engineering in Plural Societies. (The case of Francophone African countries)' Download abstract [PDF: 20KB]

Heather Deegan: 'Revisiting elections in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Karen Del Biondo: 'The EU approach to democracy promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Sebastian Elischer: 'It's Not the Economy Stupid! Structural Determinants of the Causes and Consequences of Ethnic Parties' Download abstract [PDF: 49KB]

Jørgen Elklit: 'Assessing the December 2007 Elections in Kenya' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

David Enweremadu: 'Judicial Reforms and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria: 1999-2009' Download abstract [PDF: 21KB]

José Adrián Garcia-Rojas: 'Troubles in a Microstate: Instability, Violence and Federal Arrangements in Comoro Islands' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Christof Hartmann: 'Vertical Power-Sharing and Democratization in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Rachel Hayman: 'When Good Performers Go Astray: Budget Support and Democratization in Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 13KB]

Tom Hewitt: 'Elites and Elections in Africa' Download abstract [PFD: 9KB]

Lauren Leigh Hinthorne: 'Democratic Crisis or Crisis of Confidence? What local perspective frames tell us about Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Isaac Katono and Terrell Manyak: 'Impact of Multiparty Politics on Local Government in Uganda' Download abstract [PDF: 8KB]

Virginia Kamowa: 'Changing Election Trends in Malawi: Hope for Democracy Consolidation?' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Jelmer Kamstra:'What is it that NGOs contribute to democracy? The case of internationally-sponsored Research and Advocacy Organisations in Ghana' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Michael Keating: 'The Politics of Democratization in Uganda: Donor Interests, Development Strategies, and Intra-Governmental Conflict' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Thomas Koelble and Edward Lipuma: 'The Politics of Service Delivery in South Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB] 

Mike Kuria and M/S Wambui Wamunyu: 'Democracy and (de)tribalisation in Africa: Lessons from Kenya's Rift Valley Province' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Stephen Akinyemi Lafenwa: 'The Legislature and the challenges of democratic governance in Africa: The Nigerian Case' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Miles Larmer: 'Disciplined Democracy and Resource Nationalism in Zambia’s Third Republic: results and prospects' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Wolfram Laube: 'Democratisation of Polycentric Governance Structures: Dynamics of local political arenas in northern Ghana' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Julia Leininger: 'Religion and Democracy in Africa: The Ban of Religious Parties and the Role of Islamic Actors in Mali’s and Senegal’s Democratizations' Download abstract [PDF: 26KB]  

Charlotte Lemanski: 'The voices of the poor in urban governance: overlapping and competing spaces of community-level political participation in Cape Town' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Anthony Lemon: 'The implications for opposition parties of South Africa's 2009 general election' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Tom Lodge: 'Alternation and leadership succession in African Democracies' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

John Lwanda: 'MCP to DPP: Democratising from Autocracy or Autocratising Democracy?' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Mufunanji Magalasi: 'Malawian stage drama and post 1994 Democracy: From Du Chisiza's "Democracy Boulevard" to Nadzikambe's "Accidental death of Democracy"' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Konstantinos Magliveras and Asteris Huliaras: 'Multilateral Institutions as Agents of Democracy: African Union and SADC Reactions to the Zimbabwe and Madagascar Crises' Download abstract [PDF: 15KB]

Giuliano Martinello: 'Democratization, traditional authorities and land rights in South Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Stephanie Matti: 'An analysis of Congolese democratic institutions' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Eddy Mazembo Mavungu: 'People's democracy versus government's democracy: lessons from provincial boundary disputes in the post-apartheid South Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Philani Moyo: 'Zimbabwe’s Negotiated Inclusive Government: Is It a Messy Power-Sharing Experiment or a Positive Step Towards Democratisation?' Download abstract [PDF: 12KB]

Shadrack Nasong'o: 'Multiparty Electoral Contests and Democratization in Africa: Change and Continuity in Kenya and Tanzania' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB] 

Insa Nolte: 'No longer secular: Religion, democracy and the state in Nigeria' Download abstract [PDF: 11KB]

Cyril Obi: 'Taking Back Our Democracy? The Trials and Travails of Nigerian Elections since 1999' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

George Omondi: 'The challenges and prospects of coalition governments in Africa: examining the attempts by Kenya and Zimbabwe' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Aslak Orre: 'Democracy and traditional authority: compatible or mutually exclusive?' Download abstract [PDF: 41KB]

Egbert Pos: 'The African Union and the Malawi 2009 general elections' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Danielle Resnick: 'Political Party Linkages to the Urban Poor in African Democracies: The Case of Senegal and Zambia' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Olivia Rutazibwa: 'How good intentions don’t seal the deal: The problematics of the EU’s ethical involvement in sub Saharan Africa' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Karl Sandstrom: 'Somaliland – Traditional Authority in Democracy' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Anders Sjögren: 'A tale of one election, two commissions and plenty of external agents: the Kenya 2007 Presidential election and its aftermath' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

Paul Austin Stacey: 'A case study in decentralization' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Michael Walls and Steve Kibble: 'Somaliland: beyond the hybrid of 'traditional' and representative democratic systems' Download abstract [PDF: 14KB]

Hermann Wasserman: 'Deepening democracy or widening the rift? The political role of media in South Africa and Namibia' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

David Williams: 'Making a liberal state: 'good governance' in Ghana' Download abstract [PDF: 9KB]

Justin Willis: '"We changed the laws": practice and malpractice in Sudan's elections' Download abstract [PDF: 10KB]

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