Youth, Leadership and Democratic Development in Africa

Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Researcher on African Politics  at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Her thesis “Explaining Party System Institutionalization in Africa: From a Broad Comparison to a Focus on Mozambique and Zambia” was awarded best thesis by the Portuguese Political Science Association (2016). Her research interests comprise democratization, political institutions, elections, political parties and party systems and political behavior, with a focus on Africa. She has published in journals such as International Politics, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, South European Society and Politics, Journal of Asian and African Studies and Análise Social. She is a regular contributor of the Africa Yearbook and has recently published Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018).