Lecture Series organized by Edmond Keller, Department of Political Science
Newsweek Magazine in its June 18, 2010 online issue stated that there was “a growing trend away from democracy in wide swaths of Africa.” The article entitled Why Democracy Isn’t Working posited that “Despite an economic renaissance, much of Africa is drifting toward a new age of authoritarianism.” 2010 Africa has seen many important developments including unprecedented number of elections. However, in many cases greater electoral activity has not translated to greater democracy and transparency. There are several that factors that impact the development of democracy in Africa. These include weak institutions, role of China in Africa and the increase in foreign assistance from developed nations as well as the world wide “war on terror.” This quarter long lecture series will explore the development or underdevelopment of institutions that foster democratization and citizenship Africa and the role of non-African actors.
Monday, April 11
LEONARDO ARRIOLA, Stanford University, The Politics of Protest and Policing in a Multiethnic State: Subnational Evidence from Ethiopia's Oromia Region
Monday, April 25
LAHRA SMITH, Georgetown University, Women's Rights and Ethnic Rights in Ethiopia
Monday, May 9
TIFFANY WILLOUGHBY-HERARD, University of California Irvine, Rediscovering Poor Whites--The Politics of Picturing Poor Whites in South Africa: Omar Badsha and Nadine Hutton
Monday, May 23
LAUREN M. MACLEAN, Indiana University, Citizen or Client?: A Comparative Analysis of Everyday Politics in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
Monday, June 6
KAREN E. FERREE, University of California, San Diego, Violating the Secret Ballot: Evidence from the 2008 Elections in Ghana
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