In the Dutch Parliament celebrating 100 years of universal suffrage.


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 the Face of State Capture: The use of evidence in South Africa’s Political Party Funding Reforms.

Book Reviews

Schoeman, A. (2021). Electoral Politics in Africa since 1990, by Jaimie Bleck & Nicolas van de Walle, Party Politics. (Accepted).

Schoeman, A. (2020). How dictatorships work: power, personalization, and collapse, by Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, and Erica Frantz, Democratization, 27(1).

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

Schoeman, A. (2019). Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide edited by James Loxton and Scott Mainwaring, Political Studies Review.

Schoeman, A. (2019). Ideology & identity: the changing party systems of India, by Pradeep K. Chhibber and Rahul Verma, Contemporary South Asia, 27(3).

Workshops and Conferences

Bringing Africa into International Relations theory – necessity, constraints and prospects. Contesting Boundaries. Understanding our Increasingly Complex World, University of Nottingham. 21 June 2018.

Party System Institutionalisation in non-Western democracies. Decolonisation and Research: Problematics, Challenges, Prospects and the Global South, University of Sussex. 2 May 2019.

Institutionalising Parties Through the State? 11th Düsseldorf Graduate Conference on Party Research, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. 7-8 February 2020.