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October 2021

In This Newsletter

  • Governance Uncovered: Liv Tønnessen on Sudan's Military Coup
  • Opportunities at GLD: Call for Annual Conference Papers, Fellowships, and More!
  • Help Wanted! Spare 5 Minutes for a Survey on Authority and Compliance?
  • New Working Papers: The Role of Religion in the Philippines Drug War; Local Authorities and the Pandemic in Zambia
  • Upcoming Events, Publications, and more! 

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Present at GLD Annual Conference 2022?

We are now inviting expressions of interest for GLD’s 5th Annual Conference, “Giving and Taking: Studies on Extraction and Participation in Local Governance.” The conference will be held May 23-26, 2022 at Vann Spa, in Brastad, Sweden. It aims to bring scholars and practitioners together to discuss when and how individuals participate in decision-making and contribute to public goods, and who benefits from such activities. The conference considers the perspectives and interactions of citizens, service providers, and authorities, both within and outside the state.

Deadline: November 15, 2021
I'm interested!

Fellowship Programme 

The GLD Fellowship Programme is designed for academics and practitioners to engage in research on local factors driving governance and development. With the support of GLD and other fellows, we welcome our Fellowship candidates to join us for one calendar year. 

Who is eligible? 
We are looking for scholars from around the world who hold a Ph.D. and are working on research related to the GLD mission, with a focus on governance and local development. Current Ph.D. students working in this field are also welcome to apply for this fellowship. 

Please submit your application before November 15!
Apply here 

Spring Internships

Do you want to experience being part of a research team and working with questions that promote human welfare at local and international levels? Apply for an internship at GLD! Besides learning new skills, you'll gain valuable work experience from a research environment and enhance your employability by getting the chance to put your academic knowledge into practice.

We offer internships in researchcommunications/management, and data science.

Please note! In order to apply, you must be a student currently enrolled in a degree program that offers the opportunity to do an internship for credit or registered with the Swedish unemployment agency 

Deadline: November 24, 2021. 
Application email: 
Find more information via this link 

Do you have 5 minutes to spare?

Kate Baldwin, Kristen Kao, and Ellen Lust are conducting a study on African authorities’ ability to mobilize support for various activities, and they are interested in your expert opinion. If you are over 18 and have five minutes to give the survey a quick look, please help us! You can take the survey here.


GLD Annual Conference: November Workshops! 

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Governance Uncovered

Liv Tønnessen on Sudan: From a Strive for Democracy to Military Coup 

Episode 31:

In this month's Governance Uncovered, we talk to the political scientist Liv Tønnessen about the recent military coup in Sudan and the economic, cultural, and political events leading up to it. 

Liv is a senior researcher at CMI and Director of the Center on Law and Social Transformation. She has extensive experience in the Middle East and Northern Africa, with long-term stays in Sudan, Lebanon, and Syria. Liv has specialized in Sudanese politics for more than a decade and has conducted extensive fieldwork there. She has also been a lecturer at Ahfad University for Women and held numerous lectures for regional universities in the west, east, and south of Sudan, giving her a wide network of contacts within Sudanese academia, politics, and civil society. Her work has involved long-term collaboration with several research institutions and research partners in Sudan.

Selected work: Imam, Ayesha. (2021). "Women & Peacebuilding in Africa" ( Tønnessen, Liv; Affi, Ladan; Tripp, Aili. Eds.). James Currey. Read.

Listen to the episode now


New Working Papers

Assessing the Performance of Local Authorities in Zambia During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on human well-being, consequently affecting the operations and delivery of services by governments around the world. In many cases, the effective provision of essential services has been limited at both national and local levels of government. In this study, Mulenga and Mulenga aim to assess the performance of and challenges faced by authorities in Zambia in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Data was collected from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) and the Covid-19 Advisory Center for Local Authorities and from 32 local authorities across nine provinces in Zambia. The study has established that Covid-19 has affected the provision of key services by local authorities in Zambia, with some services suspended and others increased. It has also established that local authorities in Zambia faced new challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as increased operational costs arising from adopting Covid-19 compliance systems. As a result, local authorities, in adherence to WHO and MoH guidelines, have had to employ various response strategies, including social distancing, masking, and hand sanitizing. The study recommends a look into sustainable solutions for councils and long-lasting measures to address the effects of the pandemic and the challenges being faced by the local authorities.
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How do local religious institutions protect communities from state-sanctioned violence? This question has taken on particular importance in the Philippines, where populist President Rodrigo Duterte has overseen a “Drug War” that has killed tens of thousands of citizens while triggering opposition from prominent religious elites. In this paper, the authors use an original, in-depth survey of Catholic priests and lay parish leaders in an urban area heavily impacted by Drug War violence to catalog how dozens of local parishes mobilize to protect their communities. They find two broad types of mechanisms in operation: directly impacting the localized production of violence and indirectly altering characteristics of the local community in ways likely to limit violence. Quantitative evidence documents the widespread existence of both direct and indirect mechanisms of community protection; this is consistent with the more limited presence of some of the highest risk Drug War responses and demonstrates an association between parish capacity and these protective mechanisms. Qualitative evidence traces the links between parish activities and particular cases of community protection, highlighting the coexistence of rationalistic and normative logics through which institutions reduce violence. Interviews also foreground some of the obstacles that even highly motivated and capacious institutions face in organizing local protection.

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GLD Policy Briefs: 

In the latest GLD policy brief, Alexandra Blackman, Julia Clarke, and Aytug Sasmaz argue that representation of citizen priorities at the local level is crucial for democratic consolidation in a Tunisian context. The GLD policy briefs are free to share among your networks and with stakeholders whom you believe would find the work interesting.   
Read the full brief

Publications and Presentations 

Benstead, Lindsay. J; Muriaas, Ragnhild; Wang, Vibeke. (2021) “Why Do Gender Reform Endorsements Succeed or Fail? Social Hierarchy and Messenger Intrusiveness.” Social Politics.

Kao, Kristen and Revkin, Mara. (2021). "Retribution or Reconciliation? Post-Conflict Attitudes toward Enemy Collaborators." American Journal of Political Science. 


Kao, Kristen; Revkin. R, Marwa; Reyes, Liana. (2021). "Limits of Legitimacy: Legal Pluralism in Iraq." (Presenter and co-organizers). APSA 2021, October 2. 

Kao, Kristen (2021). "Conflict, Gender and Political Representation." (Chair). APSA 2021, October 3. 

Kao, Kristen. (2021). "Islamist Armed Conflicts, Networks and Negotiations." (Discussant). Research Workshop on Resolving Islamist Armed Conflicts, The Folke Bernadotte Academy, October 10. 

Kao, Kristen. (2021). "Narratives, Resistance, and Lingering Perceptions." (Panelist). Research Workshop on Resolving Islamist Armed Conflicts, The Folke Bernadotte Academy, October 10. 

Kao, Kristen. (2021). "Islamist Armed Conflicts in the Middle East: between legitimacy and authority." (Ignite speaker). The Folke Bernadotte Academy Research-Policy Dialogue, October 11. 

Lust, Ellen. (2021). "Gender and Authoriatain Politics: A Comparative Perspective." (Chair). APSA 2021, October 1.

Lust, Ellen. (2021). "The Comparative Politics of the Police." (Chair). APSA 2021, October 3.

Lust, Ellen and Jöst, Prisca. (2021). "Leadership, Community Ties and Participation of the Poor Evidence from Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia," Clientelism and Formal Political Institutions in Developing Countries Panel. APSA 2021, October 3. 

Lust, Ellen. (2021). "Everyday Choices: The Role of Competing Authorities and Social Institutions in Politics and Development." Centre of Development Studies Speaker Series, Cambridge University, October 28.

GLD Working Paper eJournal

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GLD SSRN eJournal! This month’s edition is focused on Governance and Institutions. To see GLD’s full SSRN series, please click here

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