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Institutions, Democratization and Citizenship in Africa

Lecture Series organized by Edmond Keller, Department of Political Science

Monday, April 11, 2011
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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.

Speakers:

Monday, April 11

12-2pm

LEONARDO ARRIOLA, Stanford University, The Politics of Protest and Policing in a Multiethnic State: Subnational Evidence from Ethiopia's Oromia Region

 

Monday, April 25

1-3pm

LAHRA SMITH, Georgetown University, Women's Rights and Ethnic Rights in Ethiopia

 

Monday, May 9

1-3pm

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

1-3pm

LAUREN M. MACLEAN, Indiana University, Citizen or Client?: A Comparative Analysis of Everyday Politics in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire

 

 Monday, June 6

1-3pm

KAREN E. FERREE, University of California, San Diego, Violating the Secret Ballot: Evidence from the 2008 Elections in Ghana


UCLA African Studies Center310-825-3686
www.international.ucla.edu/africa
africa@international.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, UCLA International Institute

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