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The Program on Governance and Local Development aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. It seeks to develop insights into the role of state and non-state actors, to consider the relationship between local level factors (e.g., poverty, gender relations, elite dynamics, ethnic diversity, etc.) and governance, and to provide policy-relevant findings based on scientifically rigorous research.

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The Program on Governance and Local Development aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. It seeks to develop insights into the role of state and non-state actors, to consider the relationship between local level factors (e.g., poverty, gender relations, elite dynamics, ethnic diversity, etc.) and governance, and to provide policy-relevant findings based on scientifically rigorous research.

    Jeffrey W. Paller: Rapid Urbanization and Politics in Ghana

    Jeffrey W. Paller: Rapid Urbanization and Politics in Ghana

    Episode 22: This month, we talk to Jeffrey Paller about rapid urbanization and politics in Ghana, Africa. Jeffrey recently published a book on the subject called Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa (Cambridge UP, 2019).

    Jeffrey is an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and the curator of the weekly news bulletin “This Week in Africa.” He specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development, and his research examines the practice of democracy and accountability in urban Africa. He has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.

    Selected work:
    Jeffrey Paller. (2019)Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa. Cambridge University Press, Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108578721

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    Tugba Bozcaga: Social Proximity among Bureaucrats in Turkey

    Tugba Bozcaga: Social Proximity among Bureaucrats in Turkey

    Episode 21: This month, we talk to Tuğba Bozçağa, Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative and Ph.D. student in Political Science at MIT. In 2018, Tugba received a GLD Short TermGrant to study social proximity among bureaucrats in Turkey. Tugba's research has culminated in this month's working paper: The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance.

    In this episode of Governance Uncovered, we hear more about her research and her experiences from the field. Tugba also explains the policy implications of her research – namely how it offers an alternative explanation to why the quality of public services may be lower in minority or predominantly immigrant neighborhoods.

    Selected work:
    Tuğba Bozçağa. (2020) The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance. The Program on Governance and Local Development Working Paper No. 35, University of Gothenburg, Available At: https://gld.gu.se/media/1963/gld-working-paper-35.pdf

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    Simon Mabon: Identity, Sectarianism, and Mobilization in Bahrain and the Middle East

    Simon Mabon: Identity, Sectarianism, and Mobilization in Bahrain and the Middle East

    Episode 20: This month, we are joined by professor Simon Mabon, Lancaster University. We discuss his research on identity, (de-)sectarianism, and mobilization in Bahrain and the Middle East.

    Simon's research comprises two main strands: The first is the contestation of sovereign power across the region, where he is interested in relations between rulers and ruled, biopolitics, resistance, and the Arab Uprisings. The second is the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, where he is particularly interested in the rivalry, its impact on states, identities, and communities across the Middle East (and beyond), and the re-ordering of space.

    His work falls at the intersection of Middle East Studies, International Relations, and (International) Political Theory. Simon is Director of SEPAD, the Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-Sectarianization Project, which looks at how the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran shapes sectarianism and politics across the Middle East.

    More about Simon:
    https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/ppr/about-us/people/simon-mabon

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    Karen Ferree: Choice and Choice Set in Elections

    Karen Ferree: Choice and Choice Set in Elections

    Episode 19: This month, we talk to Karen E. Ferree, Visiting Scholar at GLD Gothenburg from the University of California and part of GLD's Steering Committee. We talk about her latest research on how ethnic divisions shape voting behavior. Karen argues for a reorientation of how we think about ethnic voting, away from an exclusive focus on voters to one that links voter behavior to the supply side of candidates. Karen’s research has recently been published in two GLD working papers called "Choice and Choice Set in African Elections" and "Mixed Records, Cognitive Complexity, and Ethnic Voting in African Elections".

    Karen studies democratization in Africa. Her work sits at the intersection of institutional and behavioral approaches to politics, with a particular focus on how ethnic and racial divisions and formal and informal institutions shape voting behavior and election outcomes in emerging democracies. She has written about South African politics in her book, Framing the Race in South Africa: the Political Origins of Racial Census Elections (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She has also written about electoral institutions, electoral integrity, and issues related to survey design in Africa.

    Selected Work:
    Ferree, Karen E. (2020) Choice and Choice Set in African Elections. The Program on Governance and Local Development Working Paper No. 28, University of Gothenburg, Available At: https://gld.gu.se/media/1689/gld-working-paper-28-final.pdf
    Ferree, Karen E.; Gibson, Clark C.; Long, D. James. (2020) Mixed Records, Cognitive Complexity, and Ethnic Voting in African Elections. The Program on Governance and Local Development Working Paper No. 33, University of Gothenburg, Available At: XXX

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    Susan Whiting & Tan Zhao: Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections

    Susan Whiting & Tan Zhao: Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections

    Episode 18: This month, we talk to Susan Whiting, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Tan Zhou, PhD Student, from the University of Washington. We discuss their latest research which looks at vote buying and land taking in China's village elections. They have recently published a paper on the subject called “Farmland and Fraud: Land Rents and Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections.”

    Susan Whiting (Ph.D., Michigan; B.A., Yale) is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also holds adjunct appointments in the Jackson School of International Studies and the School of Law. She specializes in Chinese and comparative politics, with an emphasis on the political economy of development.

    Tan Zhao is a PhD Student in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington. His research interests are primarily Chinese politics, particularly China's political transformation and its development of grassroots democracy.

    Selected Work:
    Xiao Ma, Susan Whiting, and Tan Zhao. (2017) Farmland and Fraud: Land Rents and Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections. APSA 2017. Canvas.
    Tan Zhao. (2018) Vote Buying and Land Takings in China’s Village Elections. Journal of Contemporary China, 27:110, 277-294, DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2018.1389035

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    Panel Discussion: Covid-19 and the Fresh Presidential Elections in Malawi 2020

    Panel Discussion: Covid-19 and the Fresh Presidential Elections in Malawi 2020

    Type: Recorded live radio panel-discussion from Zodiak Radio Malawi.

    Topic: Covid-19 and the fresh presidential elections.

    Host: Joab Frank Chakhaza

    Guests: Dr. Boniface Dulani (Lead researcher, GLD IPOR, Chancellor Collage), Dr. Henry Chingayipe (Governance and development specialist, IPRSE) and Professor Adamson Muula (Epidemiologist: College of Medicine)

    Language: Chichewa and English

    Date: June 11 2020

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