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Elections in the time of covid-19: the triple crises around Malawi’s 2020 presidential elections


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): , Adam Harris, Ellen Lust, Karen Ferree, Kristen Kao, Cecilia Ahsan Jansson & Erica Ann Metheney

In June 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Malawians went to the polls and voted to replace the incumbent government. Much like other natural disasters, the Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying economic and political shocks had the potential


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Zambia at a crossroads: Will citizens defend democracy?


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Michael Bratton and Sibusiso

If democracy is “rule by the people,” then “the people” play a decisive part in determining the health of this form of government. Especially when an incumbent president seeks to accumulate excessive powers, the question arises: Will people


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It Takes a Female Chief: Gender and Effective Policy Advocacy in Malawi


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Ragnhild Muriaas, Vibeke Wang, Lindsay J. Benstead and Lise Rakner

Traditional leadership often coexists with modern political institutions, yet we know little about how traditional and state authority cues—or those from male or female sources—affect public support for human rights issues. Using an original su


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Good neighbours? Africans express high levels of tolerance for many, but not for all


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Gift Sambo, and Kim Yi Dionne

Scholars have argued that tolerance is “the endorphin of the democratic body politic,” essential to free political and cultural exchange (Gibson & Gouws, 2005, p. 6). Seligson and Morino-Morales (2010, p. 37) echo this view when they contend th


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Africa’s growth dividend? Lived poverty drops across much of the continent


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Robert Mattes and E. Gyimah-Boadi

Though Africa has recorded high levels of economic growth over the past decade, previous Afrobarometer surveys of citizens found little evidence that this growth had reduced levels of poverty in any consistent way (Dulani, Mattes, & Logan, 2013). How


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African publics strongly support term limits, resist leaders’ efforts to extend their tenure


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s):

At the end of the 20th century, many African countries adopted presidential term limits as part of a broader set of constitutional rules that accompanied the transition from personal and authoritarian rule to pluralistic modes of governance. While


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Malian democracy recovering - Military rule still admired


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s):

Democracy, in the famous words of the British politician Winston Churchill, “is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”1 After experiencing a twin crisis of separatist rebellion an


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Malians want a united country, post-conflict justice


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Michael Bratton and Massa Coulibaly

According to an Afrobarometer survey conducted in December 2013 with over 2400 respondents,1 the vast majority of Malians stress that their country must remain a single, unified nation. Citizens decisively reject the 2012 attempt by armed groups to c


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Malawi’s 2014 Elections: Amid concerns about fairness, outcome is too close to call


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Carolyn Logan and Michael Bratton

Malawians will go to the polls on 20 May 2014 to select their next leaders. In an Afrobarometer1 poll conducted 6 to 8 weeks before the election, Malawians express strong confidence in their ability to vote as they choose, but also concerns about the


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After a decade of growth in Africa, little change in poverty at the grassroots


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Robert Mattes and Carolyn Logan

New data from Round 5 of the Afrobarometer, collected across an unprecedented 34 African countries between October 2011 and June 2013, 1 demonstrates that “lived poverty” remains pervasive across the continent. This data, based on the views and e


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Popular attitudes toward democracy in Mauritius


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Gilles Joomun

Expert assessments of democracy such as the Freedom House Index, Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance, among others, have always rated Mauritius as a paragon of democracy on the African continent. The availability of data from the 2012 Afrobarometer survey


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Islands drifting apart? A comparative analysis of the socio-economic Experience of Rodrigues and Mauritius


Author: Dr. Boniface Dulani
Co-Author(s): Joomun, Gilles D.

Despite the socio-political and economic achievements of Mauritius, there is a palpable feeling that the benefits of development have not been evenly distributed among residents of the country’s two main islands, Mauritius and Rodrigues. While citi


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Performance Management for Service Delivery in Malawi between 2005 and 2013: A Failed Attempt?


Author: Dr. Micheal Chasukwa
Co-Author(s): Chikapa, T.M.C

Performance Management for Improving Public Service Delivery in Africa

Nairobi: African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM), pp 125-147

https://www.aapam.org/Publications/BOOKS/Performance%20management%20for%20improving%20publi