Dan Paget

 Dan Paget

Degree course:
DPhil
Email:
daniel.paget@politics.ox.ac.uk

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation Political Parties Elections and electoral politics Comparative Politics and Government  

Academic Profile

I am an early career researcher, currently finishing my DPhil on election campaigning in sub-Saharan Africa. My research interests fall within the fields of democratic politics in sub-Saharan Africa, comparative politics and comparative political sociology. I write on the politics of sub-Saharan Africa in general, and the politics of Tanzania and Zambia in particular.

My work has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Democracy. I have a proven track record in winning research grants, and translating my research into impact. I have three policy publications with widely recognised and respected organisations, one of which has been translated into Arabic, Burmese and Spanish. I often advise governments on politics in East Africa.

‚ÄčI believe that the mass rally is among the most overlooked phenomena in the study of politics in sub-Saharan Africa. In many countries, politicians and voters interact with each other at rallies more frequently than they do through any other medium. Often, the rally is unrivalled as a spectacle, a symbol, a platform and a means of direct contact. Election campaigns such as these are rally-intensive.

My thesis is about the transformative effect of the rally on election campaign strategy and party organisation. It builds on a year of field work in Tanzania, where I attended 44 rallies, undertook 153 interviews and observed the 2015 election campaign at large. In my thesis, I unpick the anatomy of that general election campaign. By doing so, I seek to demonstrate that the rally-intensive campaign alters how parties maximise campaign contact, how they target voters, and how they organise to do so. I expect to submit my thesis later in 2017.

I read PPE at the University of Oxford (Balliol College) and for an MSc in African Studies, also at the University of Oxford (St Cross College), which I graduated from with distinction.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching interests

Comparative politics, political sociology, politics of sub-Saharan Africa, qualitative methods and quantitative methods.

Tutorials, classes, revision classes and lectures for ‘Politics in sub-Saharan Africa’, undergraduate finals option course, University of Oxford. Hilary Term 2016 until the present.

Tutorials for Comparative Government, undergraduate finals core course, University of Oxford, scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2017.

Classes for ‘Democracy in Africa’ options course for MSc in African Studies, University of Oxford.

Awards

Research grants won

International IDEA. Research and Dialogue on Programmatic Parties, with Nicholas Cheeseman, 2011 (€22,000).

Scholarship funding awarded

Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Studentship 2013-16.

Norman Chester Fund, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, September 2015.

Travel and Research Fund, St Cross College, University of Oxford, May 2015.

Norman Chester Fund, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, September 2014.

Publications

Dan Paget, 'The Authoritarian Turn in Tanzania', Journal of Democracy, accepted for publication in the July 2017 issue.

Dan Paget, 'Zambia: Dominance won and lost', in Political Parties, Party Systems and Democracy in Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Conference Papers and Presentations

Selected invited presentations

‘Bars, Branches, Stereos and Choppers: Innovation in Election Campaign Technologies in Tanzania.’

African Studies Seminar, Centre for African Studies, University of Oxford, May 2017 (forthcoming).

‘The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania.’

Africa Talks, Department of African Studies and Anthropology in collaboration with the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, March 2017.

African History and Politics Seminar, University of Oxford, February 2017.

‘Rally Supporters, Canvass Swing Voters: Segmented Targeting in Tanzania.’

Democratization Seminar Series, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, November 2016.

Graduate Research Seminar, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, June 2016.

‘When There’s No Party, Nobody Comes: Campaign Rally Attendance in Rural Tanzania.’

Africa Research Forum, Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, March 2016.

Selected conference papers

‘Bars, Branches, Stereos and Choppers: Innovation in Election Campaign Technologies in Tanzania.’

European Conference for African Studies, July 2017 (forthcoming).

‘The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania.’

The Arusha Declaration @50, University of Edinburgh, February 2017.

African Studies Associated United Kingdom Biennial Conference, Cambridge, September 2016.

 ‘Rally Supporters, Canvass Swing Voters: Segmented Targeting in Tanzania.’

American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, September 2016.

‘When There’s No Party, Nobody Comes: Campaign Rally Attendance in Rural Tanzania.’

International Political Science Association Annual Conference, Poznan, July 2016.

Researching East Africa Day, University of Warwick, May 2016.

‘Inter-factional competition and-interparty competition: nested games in the Movement for Multiparty Democracy in Zambia 2001- 2011.’

African Studies Associated United Kingdom Biennial Conference, Cambridge, September 2016.

Policy papers

Dan Paget, Nicholas Garrett, and Alec Crawford, Guidance for Governments: Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (Ottawa: Intergovernmental Forum for Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, 2017).  

Nic Cheeseman and Dan Paget, 'Programmatic Politics in Comparative Perspective', in The Emergence of Programmatic Political Parties (Stockholm: International IDEA, 2014).

Nic Cheeseman and Dan Paget eds., 'Programmatic Politics' (Stockholm, 2013).

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