The Program on Governance and Local Development 

About Us

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is a research program based at the University of Gothenburg, originally founded in 2013 at Yale University by Program Director, Professor Ellen Lust. GLD focuses on the local factors driving governance and development. The program is dedicated to international collaboration and scientifically rigorous, policy-relevant research in an effort to promote human welfare globally. Program findings are made available to the international and domestic communities through academic publications, policy briefs, public presentations, and social media, as well as on-the-ground workshops in cooperation with local partners.

Our Mission

“We aim to promote human welfare by conducting scientifically rigorous research across the globe. Our research focuses on answering a fundamental question: why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, adequate healthcare, and other factors that encourage human development, while others fail to do so? We engage with communities across the world, develop methodological tools, gather data, undertake analyses on major issues affecting societies today, and disseminate findings to academics, relevant policy-makers, and  the communities in which we work.”

Data Analyst position 

Are you interested in developing and implementing data analysis for research publications? Do you want to learn new statistical methods and software while being a part of a diverse and encouraging team? Apply for the Data Analyst position at GLD via this link

Type of employment: Fix term 12 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible. 




September 2021: Appy for Short-Term Grants, Internships, Participate in our Work-in-Progress-Series, Podcast on Healthcare in Lebanon and more. 
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August 2021: Start of Annual Conference, GLD Policy Briefs, Podcast on Women's Rights in Syria, and more. 
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June 2021: 
Job Openings, Annual Conference, Call for Working Papers, GLD in the Filed, Governance Uncovered, and more. 
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May 2021: Podcast on Covid-19 in India's "Slums," GLD Working Papers, Opportunities, Events, and more.
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April 2021: Governance Uncovered Special, New Working Papers, Events, Opportunities, and more.
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Latest Working Papers



Explaining the Resilience of Single-Party Regimes: Centralized Politics, Promotability, and Corruption

The spread of democracy during the Third Wave was accompanied by the expansion of one-party autocracies. Compared to other non-democratic systems, one-party regimes are more durable, suffer fewer coups, and enjoy higher economic growth. Why are single-party regimes so resilient? In this paper, Phan argues that in certain single-party regimes, centralized politics and meritocratic promotion [...]


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Co-Partisanship with Mayors and Citizen Trust in Local Governance Institutions: Evidence from Tunisia

Does co-partisanship with mayors influence citizen trust in local governance institutions in new democracies? Yasun answer this question through conducting a case study in Tunisia. He evaluates Arab Barometer (2018) survey data on trust in local governance institutions and interview data with mayors, council members and civil society organizations. The results indicate that Tunisians who support [...]


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Success Beyond Gender Quotas: Gender, Local Politics, and Clientelism in Morocco

What explains the success of female candidates in local elections? Despite the proliferation of subnational gender quotas over the past two decades, we continue to know little about the determinants of women’s successes in local politics, especially in non-democratic settings. In this chapter, we focus on the case of Morocco and argue that [...] 


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Citizen Participation in Local Government Elections in the Age of Crowdsourcing: Explorations and Considerations in Tanzania

This study sought to explore crowdsourced monitoring of local government elections and the challenges hindering citizen participation in monitoring processes through digital tools. Nongovernmental election monitoring organizations have embraced technology and [...]


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Country Reports


LGPI Tunisia: Selected Findings on Health

Tunisia has a very good health-care system compared to most of the Arab world. The healthcare system includes primary-care clinics and health centers, which deal with nearly 60 percent of public-sector medical outpatients, reproductive-health visits, schools, and student-health visits [...]


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LGPI Malawi: Selected Findings on Gender

Malawi’s context raises a number of challenges that the government, traditional leaders, civil society, and the development community are working to address. One area of particular focus is gender equality and women’s empowerment. The LGPI supports this effort by providing [...]


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Annual Report