elections

14 Mar, 2019

India's WhatsApp election: political parties risk undermining democracy with technology

India’s 2019 national elections are widely anticipated to be the “WhatsApp elections”. Against a backdrop of rapidly improving...

11 Dec, 2018

Three perspectives on Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections

Building on ODID’s expertise on Zimbabwe, the department recently invited three experts from UK universities to discuss this year’s historic...

26 Mar, 2018

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

We are now all aware of how our electoral systems have been manipulated by harvesting our digital footprints and preferences. Targeted messages, images and false information are then deployed to support or...

02 Dec, 2016

Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president illustrates the global ascendance of the political right. Comparisons with Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose rise predates Trump’s by two years,...

08 Aug, 2016

The diplomatic implications of the DNC hack

Revelations about the 19,252 emails leaked by WikiLeaks on the eve of the Democratic National Conventions (DNC) in Philadelphia almost derailed the Convention and threatened to undermine the campaign of the...

04 Sep, 2015

Book Review: ‘Patronage as Politics in South Asia’ by Anastasia Piliavsky (ed)

It is true, as Anastasia Piliavsky points out in her superb introduction, that patronage has long been treated as a distasteful element of developing societies. Personalised exchange between social unequals...