Governance Uncovered - A Podcast by GLD

Episode 42: Rouzbeh Parsi, Thabit Jacob, Ghadeer Hussein, Lauren Honig

Episode 40: Boniface Dulani, John-Paul Adjadeh, Cristopher Carter

Episode 35: Lena Wängnerud and Valeriya Mechkova




Mine Eder

Episode 33: Mine Eder

This episode discusses Bogazici University's struggle to maintain academic independence since Turkish President Erdogan decided to directly appoint the University's Rector. Joining us to talk about the events at the Istanbul-located university is Mine Eder.




Episode 32: Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili

Joining us in this episode to talk about local politics and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan is Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili. Jen is the Founding Director of the Center for Governance and Markets and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.




Episode 31: Liv Tønnessen

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 history leading up to it.



Episode 30: Melani Cammett

In this episode, we discuss Health Care quality in Lebanon, both within the Lebanese population and health care received by Syrian refugees. We also discuss social and political factors that regulate where citizens choose to seek care and what role international partnerships play in healthcare quality in Lebanon.



Episode 29: Taima Al Jayoush

This month, we were joined by Taima Al Jayoush - a lawyer specializing in human rights and international law. Taima is a member of the Barreau du Quebec, a legal counsel in Syrian legislation based in Montreal. She has defended and helped dozens of women and children in Syrian and European courts and was the first woman to defend political prisoners in Syria's supreme state security court. Taima was also the first woman to be a board member of the "Human Rights Organization of Syria" in early 2001 and has represented many opposition leaders.



Episode 28: Gabrielle Kruks-Wiesner

This month, we talk to Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, Assistant Professor of Politics and Global Studies at the University of Virginia. Gabrielle’s research examines citizenship practices and local governance, with a regional focus on India. In this episode, we discuss the problems that citizens face in Northern rural India, a setting noted for variable public administration and often callous treatment of citizens by officials.

Find out more about Gabrielle here.





Episode 27: Adam Auerbach and Tariq Thachil

Episode 27: This month, we talk to Adam Auerbach (American University) and Tariq Thachil (University of Pennsylvania) about COVID-19 challenges in India’s so-called “slum settlements”. They argue that the landscape of service delivery is increasingly centralizing, and the lack of property rights in the slum settlements shape relations between the citizens and the state. Most residents feel that the state is dismissive in their response to COVID-19 in the urban slums of India. They further analyze and how settlement leaders cope with COVID-19 in the slums, where it is very difficult to socially distance.

To find out more about Adam, click here. To find out more about Tariq, click here




Episode 26: Isabell Schierenbeck and Jannis Grimm

Episode 26: This month, we discuss the handbook on Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences with two of its authors Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg) and Jannis Grimm (Freie Universität Berlin). We discuss the need for available guidance on preparing and conducting safe research within the social sciences and the new challenges to conducting safe research that Covid-19 has brought.

To find out more about Isabell, click here. To find out more about Jannis, click here



Episode 25: Ahmed al Mukhaini

Episode 25: This month, we talk to Ahmed al Mukhaini, Independent Scholar and GLD Collaborating Researcher, about the recent political changes in Oman. In January 2021, Oman’s Sultan Haitham declared an end to the former succession system and proclaimed a new crown prince and Basic Law of the State to allow for the modernization and transformation of the Gulf nation’s economic, political, and social structures. Ahmed explains Oman’s political system and gives us unique insights into the New Basic Law and what it means for Oman. This podcast is part of the larger GLD in the MENA project, funded by the Hicham Alaoui Foundation.

To find out more about Ahmed al Mukhaini click here. 



Episode 24: Intissar Kherigi

Episode 24: This month, we talk to Intissar Kherigi, a Ph.D. student at Sciences Po Paris and GLD Collaborating Researcher, about Tunisia’s 2015-17 municipal boundary reforms. After the Arab uprisings in 2011, Tunisia saw changes in local governance and the adoption of a new constitution mandating the decentralization of power, leading the government to reorganize the country's municipal boundaries. Intissar analyses the ways in which local populations are challenging central state-driven municipal boundary reforms and the implications for local governance. She situates this within the historical processes of boundary formation in modern Tunisia and highlights the difficulties in breaking with colonial legacies.

For more information about Intissar click here



Episode 23: Kristen Kao

Episode 23: This month we talk to Kristen Kao about her work on post-conflict reconciliation in Iraq. Kristen tells us about her a study on the drivers of forgiveness versus revenge among diverse groups in Iraq and how her research could help promote long-term peace. Kristen is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD and M.A. in political science from the University of California and is an expert in survey methodology and experimental design in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa contexts.

For more information about Kristen click here.



Episode 22: Jeffrey W. Paller

Episode 22: This month, we talk to Jeffrey Paller about African politics and sustainable urban development. Jeffrey recently published a book on the subject called Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa. 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 has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa, and specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development, focusing on democracy and accountability in urban Africa.

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Episode 21: Tuğba Bozçağa

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 Term Grant to study social proximity among bureaucrats in Turkey. Tugba's research has culminated in a GLD 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.

For more about Tuğba Bozçağa click here



Episode 20: Simon Mabon

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.

For more about Simon Mabon click here



Episode 19: Karen E. Ferree

Episode 19: This month, we talk to Karen Ferree, Visiting Scholar at GLD Gothenburg from the University of California, San Diego, and a member of GLD's Steering Committee. We talk about her latest research on how ethnicity shapes 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.

For more about Karen E. Ferree click here



Episode 18: Susan Whiting & Tan Zhao

Episode 18: We talk to Susan Whiting, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Tan Zhou, Ph.D. Student, from the University of Washington about 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.”

For more about Susan Whiting click here. For more about Tan Zhao click here.



Episode 17: James Worrall

Episode 17: This podcast is part of the project: Governance Under Decentralization: Oman And In The Arab Region. This month we talk to Dr James Worrall about Oman. James discusses his latest research into Oman’s controlled-hybrid-decentralization process, so termed for its unique mixture of neo-liberal and technocratic solutions, acting in combination with traditional ruling elements. Further information on his work can be found in GLD Working Paper No. 32 – ‘Power and Process: Decentralisation in Oman.’

 For more about James Worrall click here.



Episode 16: Kevin Prine

Episode 16: This month, we talk to Kevin Prine who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Outreach International. Outreach International is a charity that eliminates extreme poverty by creating leaders who transform their communities, a process they call Participatory Human Development. Kevin tells us about the organization and their approach to working with development. He discusses the struggles they meet in the field and explains his vision for the charity's work.

For more about Kevin Prine click here.



Episode 15: Brian Leung Kai-Ping

Episode 15: This month we talk to Brian Leung Kai-Ping, a graduate student in Political Science at the University of Washington. You might also recognize Brian as the brave student activist who removed his mask during the storming of the Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex in July 2019. Brian talks about political mobilization, urban geography and what role it played in the student protests in Hong Kong. 

For more about Brian Leung click here.



Episode 14: John-Paul Adjadeh

Episode 14: This month, we welcome a guest from the Ghana Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, John-Paul Adjadeh. He discusses local politics and the resolution of chieftaincy disputes in Ghana with our director, Professor Ellen Lust. John-Paul has over 7 years of experience working with various Chieftaincy organizations in Ghana under the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs. His primary areas of interest are traditional authorities and development



Episode 13: Peter Esaiasson

Episode 13: This month's podcast is part of our special podcast-series on migration. We talk to Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg) about his latest research that looks at social identity in diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sweden. His research tries to understand whether identification with the neighborhood (local identity) and the nation state (national identity) generates pro-social attitudes among residents. 

For more about Peter Esaiasson click here



Episode 12: Claire Adida

Episode 12: This month's podcast is part of our special podcast-series on migration. This episode features Claire Adida (University of California, San Diego) and her research surrounding mass migration, and its subsequent discourse, and how it affects host communities around the world. 

For more about Claire Adida click here 



Episode 11: Salma Mousa

Episode 11: This month's podcast is part of our special podcast-series on migration. We talk to Salma Mousa (PhD candidate, Stanford University) about her latest research which looks at the relationship between Christians and Muslims in postwar societies. Her research tries to understand if tolerance and prejudice can be changed through interaction between these groups. The study has been recently published as a GLD working paper called “Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq” and can be found via the link below. 

For more about Salma Mousa click here



Episode 10: Mine Eder

Episode 10: This month's podcast is part of our special podcast-series on migration. In this month's podcast we are joined by Mine Eder (Professor of Political Science, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul) who discusses how migration in Turkey, specifically the influx of around 3.8 million Syrian refugees, has affected the country’s social and political landscape. Ideas about how the country is trying - and often failing - to integrate these new residents are also addressed.

For more about Mine Eder click here



Episode 9: Jennifer Murtazashvili

Episode 9: In this month's episode Jennifer Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh) and GLD Director, Ellen Lust, discusses national level reforms and decentralization in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

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Episode 8: Geoffrey Hughes

Episode 8: In this episode Geoffrey Hughes (University of Exeter) talks about his work in the recent GLD working paper "Tribes without Sheikhs? Technological Change, Media Liberalization, and Authority in Networked Jordan." The discussion centres on the changing nature of authority due to the rapidly evolving media sector.

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Episode 7: Boniface Dulani

Episode 7: In this special edition of the GLD podcast Boniface Dulani (Chancellor College, University of Malawi) discusses traditional leadership and authority in Malawi and the impact these structures have on the country's political system at both the local and national level. The podcast was recorded live in Malawi during a field visit as part of our ongoing SSA project.

For more about Boniface Dulani click here



Episode 6: Ian Shapiro

Episode 6: Ian Shapiro discusses his new book "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself" with GLD Director, Ellen Lust. Democracies across the world are adopting reforms to bring politics closer to the people. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates. Ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly. Yet voters keep getting angrier. Here, the author argues that devolving power to the grassroots is part of the problem, not the solution.

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Episode 5: Dominic Burbidge

Episode 5: Dominic Burbidge discusses his new book "An Experiment In Devolution, National Unity and the Deconstruction of the Kenyan State." Following the introduction of a new constitution in 2010, Kenya has implemented one of the most radical and far-reaching decentralization programs in Africa. This podcast outlines the events leading up to the new constitution, as well as the ramifications of these sweeping reforms.

For more about Dominic Burbidge click here



Episode 4: Pierre F. Landry

Pierre F. Landry (Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Episode 4: Pierre F. Landry discusses China's rapid urbanization and the institutional challenges that arise due to these seismic demographic shifts. The conversation centres on China's massive bureaucratic system and how both local and national levels of this system compete for financial resources and influence.

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Episode 3: Jon Pierre

Jon Pierre (Professor, Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University)

Episode 3: Jon Pierre, professor of political science at Gothenburg University, discusses his 2011 book "The Politics of Urban Governance." Outlining his four models on governance, Pierre explores the changing dynamics of governance and government in 21st-century cities, and discusses its implications on everyday living for the urban citizen.

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Episode 2: Yeşim Arat

Yeşim Arat (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

Episode 2: Yeşim discusses the ongoing political and demographic transformations in Turkey and their impacts on the country's key institutions, including the judiciary, the military, and the media.

For more about Yeşim Arat click here



Episode 1: Marwa Shalaby

Marwa Shalaby (Visiting Scholar, GLD)

Episode 1: Marwa discusses her research on women's political participation in the MENA region, with GLD Program Director Ellen Lust. Utilizing her research in Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, Marwa explores the obstacles faced by many female legislators, and outlines how these challenges can be overcome.

For more about Marwa Shalaby click here