I work in the fields of comparative politics and development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and processes of democratization. My research addresses a range of questions such as whether populism is an effective strategy of political mobilization, how paying tax changes citizens’ attitudes towards democracy and corruption, and the conditions under which ruling parties lose power.
I am the author of ‘Democracy in Africa: Successes, failures and the struggle for political reform’ (CUP, 2015) and over twenty journal articles including ‘Rethinking the “presidentialism debate”: Conceptualizing coalitional politics in cross-regional perspective’ (Democratization, 2014), which won the inaugural GIGA prize for the best article published in Comparative Area Studies (2014).
I write a regular column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation newspaper and frequently give interviews to the BBC, Financial Times, Economist, Newsweek, and The Guardian, in addition to running http://www.democracyinafrica.org. Click through for links to these publications. For regular updates on my research, analysis, data and blogs, you can follow me on Twitter @fromagehomme.