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Research report & Case studies

Nadia Zoubir (ed) 2016 Ensuring Rhetoric reflects realities in African Electoral Assessments is informed by more than a decade of experience in the field of election observation by EISA, focusing on seven country case studies that highlight the work of continental and sub-regional inter-governmental bodies.

Governance Quality and Government Commitment to the NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism, Grant Edward Thomas Masterson, 2004.


  • State Capture in Africa: Old Threats, New Packaging State Capture in Africa: Old Threats, New Packaging
    Eds Meirotti, M & Masterson, G, EISA 2018 (papers presented at the 12th Annual Symposium). The state capture that has played out recently in South Africa, in conjunction with the transitional status of many African countries, raises the question of whether these countries, too, are experiencing some form of state capture and what lessons can be learned to safeguard transitional democracies in the region?
  • Checks and balances: African constitutions and democracy in the 21st century, G Masterson and M Meirotti (eds), EISA 2017 (papers presented at the 10th Annual Symposium).
    In this edited volume, some of Africa's leading academics seek to answer questions such as: If constitutional changes continue to be elite driven processes - excluding citizens - can constitutions ever truly be 'living documents' providing the foundations to build and consolidate democratic norms and institutions in Africa?
  • Voter Registration in Africa: A Comparative Analysis
    Ed Astrid Evrensel, EISA 2010.
    The first part of the book provides an overview of different voter registration methodologies. It identifies guiding principles for voter registration and the latest technologies in teh industry. The second part is devoted to country study reports - The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.
  • When Elephants Fight: Preventing and Resolving Election-Related Conflicts in Africa Khabele Matlosa, Gilbert M Khadiagala and Victor Shale (eds), EISA 2010. Order publication
    Chronicles contemporary trends and examines electoral conflicts and the way in which various national, regional, and international players have tried to resolve them. Includes detailed case studies on Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
  • Peering the Peers: Civil Society and the African Peer Review Mechanism G Masterson, K Busia and A Jinadu, EISA, 2010. Order publication
    This volume of essays from leading civil society and governance experts from across the African continent looks at the critical role of civil society in the APRM, and draws lessons on how to both improve the engagement of civil society in the APRM, as well indicate how the APRM might better be integrated into the activities of organisations and communities striving to improve the quality of governance and development in African states.
  • The State, Democracy And Poverty Eradication in Africa, K Matlosa, K Prah, B Chiroro and L Toulou 2008. Order publication
    This volume represents a modest contribution to the policy and academic discourse on the role of the state in democracy and development in Africa, paying particular attention to the state's role in the process of eradicating poverty. The book itself is a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholder it also interrogates the issue that the African state was expected to play a more robust and interventionist role in the development process and inculcating a culture of democrary.
  • Walking a tight rope: EISA and the Challenges of Democracy 1996-2007, Julia Katherine Seirlis 2008. Order publication
    The book posed two daunting tests. The first arose from the wide scope of EISA's work and its regional expansion.
  • afr2007pub Challenges of Conflict, Democracy and Development in Africa, Khabele Matlosa, Jørgen Elklit and Bertha Chiroro (eds) 2007.
    The overall aim of this volume is to contribute to the on-going academic and policy discourse on the interface between governance, democratisation, security and development in Africa'. The volume itself ia a culmination of a dialogue process involving various stakeholders during the inaugural 2006 EISA annual symposium held in Johannesburg, and provides an overview and analysis of wide-ranging and comparative case studies.
  • The Politics of Party Coalitions in Africa, Denis Kadima (ed) 2006.
    Authors document, analyse and explain various aspects of the coalition process as it has played itself out in Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa.
  • Party Presence and Voter Trust: Findings from the EISA Pre-Election Day and Exit Poll Survey Tom Lodge and S Ntuli 1999. Order publication
    The insights from the survey conducted on the pre-polling day, 1st June 1999, are presented in a commentary on the character of party activity during the election campaign. Unusual for a new democracy, the parties embody a relatively well institutionalised political culture. The second essay considers voters' perceptions after casting their ballots, about integrity of the electoral process. Local levels of trust and confidence in the authorities are evaluated in the light of international experience.
  • Women in African Legislatures and Executives: The Slow Climb to Power, A Reynolds 1999. Order publication


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