The success of Malawi’s democratic dispensation will be measured on the extent to which it delivers public goods – opportunities, development, accountability – for the people.
The Building Bridges Initiative is best understood by recognising that Kenyan politics is fundamentally shaped by competition between political elites and their ethnic groups.
South Africa's Constitutional Court verdict is possibly a defining moment for South Africa's electoral system.
Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
Africa is now formally free of colonial rule. Yet, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever.
Will President Pierre Nkurunziza peacefully relinquish office after the May poll?
One year after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, courts and not the electorate, are busy deciding actual winners of the polls.
Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission recently deregistered some political parties, leading to debates over whether this was a step in the right direction.
By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Since the demand for resources far outmatches the patronage available, Lesotho’s political arena has become brutally competitive.
For the first time since independence, Namibia's ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
The independent strategic review, now before the Security Council, recognises many of the challenges ahead. But it appears overly sanguine about what can be achieved within a three-year period.
Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle.
The Khamas have dominated Botswana's politics since the 1870s, but they are now a discredited, spent force.
The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.
Popular theories of high-level electoral conspiracy shaped the emergence of new political orientations
The splintering in Renamo has its origins in the unexpected death last May of Afonso Dhlakama, its leader of 39 years.
Western perceptions of what's happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia's daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
The survey findings show that people who had taken part in protests over the last five years were more likely to vote for opposition parties.