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Nic Cheeseman

How democratic revolutions are being subverted in Algeria and Sudan

One of the most misleading myths about African politics is the idea of the all-powerful leader who rules on their own through their cunning and wit

The pros and cons of coalitions in SA

Political mergers can enrich democracy and lead to more accountable government, but they can also lead to opportunism that undermine accountability

Presidents for life spell danger

Algerian and Sudanese citizens have taken to the streets and Cameroon and Uganda may be next

Algeria, Sudan and the danger of presidents-for-life

Unless something changes, Cameroon and Uganda might be next

New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

A dictionary of African politics reveals the witty and insightful political terminology that people in different African countries use.

Why African democracies are failing women — and what we can do to fix it

How can we better measure democracy to reflect women’s lived reality?

Sudan is Africa’s secret crisis

Having long failed to establish a stable political system, the government of President al-Bashir has presided over a prolonged economic crisis

No, Africa doesn’t need more strongmen

The evidence is conclusive: over and over again, democrats trump dictators

Why there’s a case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes

Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power

Tanzania suffers peril of populism

People call John Magufuli ‘The Bulldozer’. But in his haste to get things done, he might be wrecking the very foundations of his country’s democracy

Zambia’s slide to authoritarianism

As the country’s economy worsens, so dissent grows and its government becomes more repressive

Africa is urbanising fast – and its leaders are struggling to adapt

Expanding cities will fundamentally change politics on the continent

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