Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. Her research interests include democratisation, representation, party-citizen linkages, political behaviour, and constituency service, with a focus on Africa. Her research has been published in journals such as Party Politics, Forum for Development Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, African Affairs, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, among others. His first book Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018), is the result of her PhD thesis, which was awarded the Prize for Best PhD Thesis by the Portuguese Political Science Association (2016). She recently edited the book Popular Protest, Political Opportunities, and Change in Africa (Routledge, 2022); and currently leads a project funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Project HOME) which investigates parliamentary activity party-citizen linkages and constituency service in Africa.
Keywords: Africa, democratisation, representation, party-citizen linkages, political behaviour