Department of Political Science


Dr Dan Paget

Dan Paget

Dr Dan Paget

Teaching Fellow in Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Dan Paget is a Teaching Fellow at University College London. He studies African electoral politics. 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, and in particular, parties' relations with financiers. Therefore, this project lies at the intersection of party politics, political communication, political economy and African studies.


His first article was published in the Journal of Democracy in July 2017.

His second article was published online in African Affairs in December 2018, ahead of print publication.


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