One day workshop on Opposition Parties

24 Apr 2018 - 11:45
Opp Parties workshop

The Institute's one day workshop on Opposition Parties in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe was held on April 20th. With a mix of presentations and panel discussions, the group considered:

  • How successful have opposition parties been in overcoming fragmentation and forging a united opposition, behind a single presidential candidate?
  • Have they learnt from their past defeats in terms of organization-building, campaigning, etc?
  • What are the prospects of opposition parties defeating incumbents in future elections?
  • Is opposition politics simply a matter of patronage – i.e. paying off the leaders of parties or factions, who then pay off their followers – or are there real ideological and policy issues at play also?
  • Have opposition parties or coalitions established integrated party organizational structures, including structures to plan campaigns, policy-making, etc?
  • How do voters view the opposition parties?



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