This episode explores the current state of democracy across Africa. What are the main achievements since the 1990s and what are the biggest internal threats to consolidation of democracy? Why have democratic governments failed to deliver? Listen to how unfulfilled promises and aspirations for a better life have shaped the current context.
Guest featured in this episode:
Trained in comparative politics and focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, Opalo has a wide range of research interests including legislative institutions and political development, subnational administration and decentralized government, elections and democratic consolidation in Africa.
His book, “Legislative Development in Africa. Politics and Post-Colonial Legacies”, interrogates the evolution of African legislatures in the wake of the transition from autocracy to democracy. It provides a comparative and historical explanation of variations in the institutionalization and strengthening of legislatures across the continent. He is currently working on two book projects, one on the process of “Colonial and Post-colonial State Building and Decentralization in Kenya,” and another on the “Politics of Education in Tanzania.”