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April 2020

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  • Podcast: Local Politics and Chieftaincy Disputes in Ghana
  • New Working Paper 
  • DYK Special: Turkey and COVID-19
  • Hiring and Internships 
  • And Much More! 

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Podcast: Local Politics and Chieftaincy Disputes in Ghana


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 Adjadeh graduated from the University of Ghana in 2018 with an MPhil in Public Administration. His research work focused on the interface between traditional authorities (chiefs), governance, and public accountability in Ghana. He is currently a Registrar at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs under the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs in Ghana. 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.


New GLD Working Paper eJournal

The GLD working paper series is now available as an eJournal on SSRN. Our first issue is a compilation of GLD working papers focusing on Elections. Find our new eJournal here

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Working Paper: Bureaucrat-Local Politician Linkages and Hierarchical Local Governance in Emerging Democracies: A Case Study of Tunisia

Despite implementing comprehensive decentralization laws, emerging democracies often achieve limited success in improving the inclusiveness of local governance. A potential factor limiting the inclusiveness is the lack of cooperation. What factors determine the inclination of mayors to cooperate, and what are their implications for transparency? Yasun answers these questions by conducting a case study of Tunisia, where mass resignations paralyze the local governance following the implementation of the Code of Local Collectives in 2018. He evaluates the mechanisms that produce divergent inclinations to cooperate based on a set of interview data recently collected among 39 municipalities in socio-economically divergent regions with mayors, city council members, civil society members, and a governor. Yasun further examines their implications for transparency based on a Transparency Index developed by an independent organization for all 350 municipalities. The findings from interviews suggest that partisanship ties constitute the most substantive factor perpetuating hierarchical relations among the elected officials and the appointed bureaucrats, as they can enable mayors to focus on large scale projects at the expense of cooperative modes of governance. A mixed effect analysis on the Transparency Index of municipalities within governorates with identified partisanship ties (n=174) indicates that the transparency score is lower in instances where the mayors and the governors belong to the same ideological family.

Read the full working paper.

Kristen Kao at the WGAPE meeting

This month, the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) invited GLD senior research fellow Kristen Kao to present GLD’s latest research at their conference. Kristen gave a presentation on clientelism and voters' expectations of politicians’ performance in Malawi and Zambia, co-authored with Ellen Lust. The data comes from the most recent round of the Local Governance Performance Index.

Big thanks to Macartan Humphreys and Alexandra Sacco with the Institutions and Political Inequality research unit at the WZB, who organized the virtual meeting and hosted it in Berlin.

Picture: Macartan Humphreys


Benstead, Lindsay J. “Conceptualizing and Measuring Patriarchy: The Importance of Feminist Theory.” 2020, Mediterranean Politics.
DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2020.1729627

Shalaby, Marwa. “Examining Female Membership and Leadership of Legislative Committees in Jordan.” 2020, The Politics of Empowerment in the MENA RegionPalgrave Macmillan, edited by Drude Dahlerup and Hanane Darhour.

Shalaby, Marwa. “Introducing a New Dataset on Legislators' Activities in Arab Parliaments". 2020, APSA-The Legislative Scholar, Volume 4, Issue 1, Winter 2020.



Staff Announcements

Congratulating our Program Coordinator

You might already recognize Tove, as she has been working as GLD’s Program Coordinator since August, 2019. We would like to congratulate Tove on her new, permanent, position as our Program Coordinator. We are very happy that we get to keep you as a part of our team! 

Tove holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Gothenburg and has also studied International Relations at Sciences Po, Lyon. She is a thesis away from receiving her Master’s degree in Political Science, which she is writing at the moment. During her studies, she did internships at the Swedish Mission to the UN in Geneva, working with humanitarian affairs and migration issues. and at GLD, where she worked as a research assistant. Tove has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Gothenburg and Leicester University, a coordinator at the Quality of Government Institute, and as a case officer at the Swedish Migration Agency.

Extended Deadline:

We are Hiring a Data Manager!

The primary job of this position is to implement an organizational system for all of the content (datasets, working papers, maps, code scripts, forms, photos) created and used by GLD. Other assignments will include assisting with formatting and modification of datasets.

You will be working in close collaboration with the GLD team, including the program director, project coordinator, program statistician, post-doctoral research fellows, PhD students, interns, and affiliated faculty around the world.

We are looking for someone with the right skillset to successfully carry out the above described job assignments. The following qualifications are required:
  • Degree in Information Management, Information Technology, Library Science, Computer Science or a related field.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably R or Python.
  • Experience working with databases and metadata

The following qualifications, while not necessary, are advantageous:
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with geographic and survey data
  • Experience working with sensitive data
  • Experience working with multiple data types (e.g. csv, xml, kml)
  • Experience in data visualization

Type of employment: Fixed term 6 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible.

Read more about eligibility, job assignments and how to apply here.

GLD Fall Internships

Here at GLD, we are already preparing for an exciting fall semester at the University of Gothenburg. If you are thinking about pursuing an internship as part of your studies, or want to gain work experience with a research program, we are currently accepting applications for three different internships: ResearchData Science and Project Management/Communications. Click here to learn more about these positions.

Benefits of a GLD Internship
  • Gain valuable work experience in a research environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply knowledge from your academic studies to real-world situations
  • Enhance your employability

Application Deadline: May 31st 2020
Start Date: August 2020
Length of Internship: 10 or 20 weeks
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Working Language: English

To apply, please send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing which track you are applying for and why you want to do an internship at GLD to If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We ask that you submit all documents in English.

International Applicants
Whilst we prioritize applications from University of Gothenburg students, we welcome submissions from around the world. In special circumstances, GLD can pay the cost of transportation to our Swedish office for international applicants. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for any living expenses during your internship.

And Finally...

Thank You and Farewell, Benjamin 

Benjamin has been GLD’s Communications Officer since 2016, and is now leaving us for a new adventure. We would like to thank you, Benjamin, for your excellent work at GLD. We are sorry to see you go, but wish you good luck on your journey. We hope you keep in touch and look forward to seeing you in the future. 



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