Dr. Dan Paget is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He studies African electoral politics and political communication. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in November 2018. His D.Phil was supervised by Prof. Nic Cheeseman, and examined by Dr. Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough) and Prof. Robin Harding (Oxford).
Dan's book project concerns rallies and electioneering. He argues that many election campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa are 'rally-intensive'; the mass rally assumes a prominent role in ground campaigns, and campaigning as a whole. His thesis is a case-study of electioneering in Tanzania, which, he shows, has the most rally-intensive campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly, the world. He studies why some campaigns become rally-intensive, how parties electioneer in rally-intensive campaigns, and the consequences of these modes of electioneering for party organisation. In particular, he studies party organisation through the lens of parties' ties to financiers. Therefore, this project lies at the intersection of party politics, political communication, political economy and African studies.
In my doctoral thesis, I argue that many election campaigns are rally-intensive; the mass rally assumes a prominent role in ground campaigns, and campaigning as a whole. My thesis is a case study of Tanzania, which has Africa's most rally-intensive campaigns. I study how parties electioneer in rally-intensive campaigns, why some campaigns become rally-intensive, and its consequences for party organisation.