SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Dan Paget

DPhil(Oxon) Politics
  • Overview
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Overview

Dan Pagat
Department of Politics and International Studies

Teaching Fellow

Name:
Dr Dan Paget
Email address:
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
221
Academic Support Hours:
Fridays, 10:00-11:00am
Thesis title:
The Rally-Intensive Ground Campaign: Electioneering and Party Adaptation in Tanzania
Year of Study:
2013-2018

Biography

Dr. Dan Paget is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He studies African electoral politics and political communication. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in November 2018. His D.Phil was supervised by Prof. Nic Cheeseman, and examined by Dr. Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough) and Prof. Robin Harding (Oxford).

Dan's book project concerns rallies and electioneering. He argues that many election campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa are 'rally-intensive'; the mass rally assumes a prominent role in ground campaigns, and campaigning as a whole. His thesis is a case-study of electioneering in Tanzania, which, he shows, has the most rally-intensive campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa, and possibly, the world. He studies why some campaigns become rally-intensive, how parties electioneer in rally-intensive campaigns, and the consequences of these modes of electioneering for party organisation. In particular, he studies party organisation through the lens of parties' ties to financiers. Therefore, this project lies at the intersection of party politics, political communication, political economy and African studies.

PhD Research

In my doctoral thesis, I argue that many election campaigns are rally-intensive; the mass rally assumes a prominent role in ground campaigns, and campaigning as a whole. My thesis is a case study of Tanzania, which has Africa's most rally-intensive campaigns. I study how parties electioneer in rally-intensive campaigns, why some campaigns become rally-intensive, and its consequences for party organisation.

Teaching

153400067 Comparative Political Sociology of Asia and Africa

Research

His postdoctoral research has three strands.

First, he studies political discourse in Tanzania. He examines the changing discursive content of political messages, and in particular, the social groups that are constructed, the antagonisms that are generated between them, the destinations that are anticipated, and narratives that are woven.

Second, he examines the proliferation of digital media in East Africa. He considers how the ongoing proliferation of social media affects peoples’ media diets, and thereby, their opinions and partisanship. He examines how this in mediated by the national character and penetration of conventional broadcast media.

Third, he builds on the third part of his book project, and examines in greater detail how innovations in rally production drive changes in party organisation.

Further information is available at http://www.danpaget.com