Schoeman, A. (2021). Co-opting the state: how weak parties can make stable party systems, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 59(2): 169-192.

Using survey data from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, it is shown that weakly institutionalised parties can lead to institutionalised party systems if parties are able to successfully co-opt the state and use state resources to supplement party deficiencies.

Cachalia, R. & Schoeman, A. (2017). Violent extremism in South Africa: Assessing the current threat, Southern Africa Report, vol. 7, May 2017.

Based on interviews with 40 experts, this paper examines the threat that violent extremism poses to South Africa and the government’s response to this challenge.

Schoeman, A. (2017). Will limits on free expression prevent terrorism?, Africa in the World Report, vol. 2, September 2017.

This report is part of a series of papers on democracy, security, and violent extremism prepared for the Community of Democracies’ Democracy and Security Dialogue with the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Institute for Security Studies.

Working Papers

Schoeman, A. (2021). Evidence-Based Policymaking in Response to State Capture: The use of evidence in South Africa’s Political Party Funding Reforms.


Schoeman, A. (2021). Electoral Politics in Africa since 1990, Party Politics, 27(6).

Schoeman, A. (2021). Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide, Political Studies Review, 19(2).

Schoeman, A. (2020). How dictatorships work: power, personalization, and collapse, Democratization, 27(1).

Schoeman, A. (2020). Clients and Constituents: Political responsiveness in patronage democracies, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 58(2).

Schoeman, A. (2019). Ideology & identity: the changing party systems of India, Contemporary South Asia, 27(3).