1st Edition

Popular Protest, Political Opportunities, and Change in Africa

By Edalina Rodrigues Sanches Copyright 2022
    264 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a fresh analysis of third wave popular protests in Africa, shedding light on the complex dynamics between political change and continuity in contemporary Africa.

    The book argues that protests are simultaneously products and generators of change in that they are triggered by micro-and-macrosocial changes, but they also have the capacity to transform the nature of politics. By examining the triggers, actors, political opportunities, resources and framing strategies, the contributors shed light onto tangible (e.g. policy implementation, liberal reforms, political alternation) and intangible (e.g. perceptions, imagination, awareness) forms of change elicited by protests. It reveals the relevant role of African protests as engines of democracy, accountability and collective knowledge.

    Bringing popular protests in authoritarian and democratic settings into discussion, this book will be of interest to scholars of African politics, democracy and protest movements.

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Zooming in on protest and change in Africa

    Edalina Rodrigues Sanches 

    Chapter 2. Shaking up democracy from below: Protest and change in Cabo Verde

    Edalina Rodrigues Sanches and José Lopes

    Chapter 3. Popular protest, resources and political opportunities in Ghana: Contextualising the case of occupy Ghana

    Andrea Nollan and Jan Budniok

    Chapter 4. Y’en a marre: catalyst for an indocility grammar in Senegal

    Mamadou Dimé

    Chapter 5. Nothing will be as before? The 2014 Insurrection in Burkina Faso and its political impact

    Eloïse Bertrand

    Chapter 6. Feminist demands, opportunities, and frames: strategic silencing within Morocco’s February 20 Movement?

    Sammy Zeyad Badran

    Chapter 7. Social movements in rural Africa: How and why the Mozambican state closed the Prosavana program

    Luca Bussotti and Laura António Nhaueleque

    Chapter 8. ‘We got a taste for protest!’ Leadership transition and political opportunities for protest in Angola’s resilient authoritarian regime

    Cláudia Generoso de Almeida, Ana Lúcia Sá and Paulo C. J. Faria

    Chapter 9. How the January 2015 protests influenced Joseph Kabila’s strategy of ‘Glissement

    François Polet

    Chapter 10. From voting to walking: the 2011 walk-to-work protest movement in Uganda

    Michael Mutyaba

    Chapter 11. Anatomies of protest and the trajectories of the actors at play: Ethiopia 2015-2018

    Alexandra Magnólia Dias and Yared Debebe Yetena

    Chapter 12. Pro-Democracy Protests in the Kingdom of Eswatini 2018-2019

    Maxwell Vusumuzi Mthembu

    Chapter 13. Conclusion: Comparative implications and new directions

    Edalina Rodrigues Sanches


    Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon.