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GLD Newsletter
August 2020
 

In This Newsletter

  • New Podcasts: Clientelism and Voting Behavior 
  • New Working Paper on Ethnic Voting
  • Covid-19 Project Update
  • Opportunities: Grants and Positions
  • Publications and Funding
  • And Much More! 
 
 

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New Governance Uncovered Podcasts

Susan Whiting and Tan Zhou on China's Village Elections

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Episode 18: This month, we talk to Susan Whiting, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Tan Zhou, Ph.D. Student, from the University of Washington. We discuss their latest research that looks at vote-buying and land taking in China's village elections, including their paper “Farmland and Fraud: Land Rents and Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections.”


Selected Work:
Xiao Ma, Susan Whiting, and Tan Zhao. (2017) Farmland and Fraud: Land Rents and Vote Buying in China’s Village Elections. APSA 2017. Canvas. 

Tan Zhao. (2018) Vote Buying and Land Takings in China’s Village Elections. Journal of Contemporary China, 27:110, 277-294, DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2018.1389035 
 

Karen Ferree on African Elections 

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Episode 19: This month, we talk to Karen Ferree, Visiting Scholar at GLD Gothenburg from the University of California and part 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.

Karen’s research has been previously featured in the GLD working paper "Choice and Choice Set in African Elections" and is again featured in this month’s working paper: "Mixed Records, Cognitive Complexity, and Ethnic Voting in African Elections."

 

New Working Paper

Mixed Records, Cognitive Complexity, and Ethnic Voting in
African Elections

The preference of African voters for co-ethnic candidates is well documented in studies of African political behavior. However, African voters also seem to value good government performance. When does ethnicity trump performance? We theorize that a citizen’s vote choice depends in part on the cognitive complexity she faces when assessing candidates. We argue that citizens incur greater cognitive costs when appraising candidates with mixed – versus uniformly positive or negative – performance records, inducing them to rely more on informational shortcuts like ethnicity to guide their vote. Thus, performance voters may become ethnic voters when the challenges of evaluating performance increase. We test and find support for this hypothesis using a survey experiment implemented in a nationally representative exit poll during Kenya’s 2013 election. Findings demonstrate that ethnic and performance voting is not always the product of fixed dispositions, but instead may emerge in response to voters’ informational context.

Read the full working paper.
 
 

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Project Updates 

Locally Rooted Approach to Covid-19 Response

Malawi

 
  • We fielded the survey in Malawi from May 7 to June 1, interviewing 4641 individuals across the three regions of Malawi. Find the summaries of the results here.
 
  • On July 8, GLD & IPOR Malawi held a webinar presenting results from the first Covid-19 survey. We want to thank everyone who participated in the webinar, and especially our expert panelists Dr. Wezi Msisha and Dr. Henry Chingaipe for contributing to a great discussion with many interesting insights!
   
  • Congratulations to Kristen, Ellen, Boni, Karen, Adam, and Erica on the forthcoming publication of the first academic piece based on Covid-19 data from the First GLD-IPOR Covid-19 Survey in Malawi.
     
 

Zambia

 
  • We fielded the survey in Zambia from July 2 to July 31, interviewing 2001 individuals in the Lusaka area and along the Zambia-Malawi border.
 
  • Summaries of results will be available in the coming weeks, and will be found on the GLD website.
 

Opportunities: Grants and Positions

 

GLD Short-Term Research Grant

  

 

**Applications must be submitted by October 10**


GLD is offering a limited number of research fellowships for scholars for short-term research in the areas of governance and local development. Awards averaging 25,000 SEK will be offered to support projects related to critical governance issues. Themes include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Local governance challenges
  • Service delivery as it varies across local contexts
  • Relationship between state and non-state actors
  • Level of corruption and citizens’ perceptions of it
  • How citizens solve disputes with officials, families, and friends and how state or non-state actors are involved
  • Participation in local elections and political campaigns
  • How security services are provided in transitional periods and/or under weak central states

Due to the special circumstances, we will only consider coronavirus friendly projects at the moment. Please have this in mind when you create your research proposal. 

Please send your CV, research proposal, and a writing sample in English to contact@gld.gu.se by the 10th of October.

For more information click here.
 

Associate Researcher  

The main job assignment is to support the program director with literature reviews, writing background summaries, editing and reviewing working papers. When needed the job also will include supporting other team members with research and administrative tasks. During time the work tasks might vary by proportion and content.

We are looking for someone that has a MA degree or higher in a relevant field, preferably in the field of political science, and extensive research experience. Previous participation in larger-scale research programs and other projects are meritorious.

The GLD research programme requires working with people from different countries and approaches, at times with very short deadlines. The candidate thus must be very flexible. The job requires that the employee both can work individually and in collaboration with others. All communication will be in English, therefore excellent skills in English are a requirement.

Employment
Type of employment: Fixed term 6 months 
Extent: 50 % - 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible.
Last day to apply: 2020-09-14

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

Associate Researcher/Grant Writer 

The job assignment includes grant preparation such as searching for appropriate funding calls, working with GLD researchers to map projects and project timelines, undertaking background research as necessary, preparing budgets, writing text and submission as well as reporting on on-going grants. The job also will include supporting researchers with literature reviews, reviewing working papers, and other research-related tasks. During time the work tasks might vary by proportion and content.

We are looking for someone that has a bachelor degree or higher in a relevant field, preferably in the field of political science and extensive experience in successful grant-writing and reporting. Previous participation in larger-scale research programs and other projects are meritorious.

The GLD research programme requires working with people from different countries and approaches, at times with very short deadlines. The candidate thus must be flexible and able to manage in stressful situations. The job requires that the employee both can work individually and in collaboration with others. All communication will be in English, therefore excellent skills in English are a requirement.

Employment
Type of employment: Fixed term 8 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible.
Last day to apply: 2020-09-14

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

Publications

Dulani, Boniface; Harris, Adam S.; Horowitz, Jeremy; Kayuni, Happy. "Electoral Preferences Among Multiethinc Voters in Africa," 2020, Comparative Political Studies. Read.

Kao, Kristen, Ellen Lust, Boniface Dulani, Karen Ferree, Adam Harris, Erica Metheney (2020). “The ABCs of Covid-19 Prevention in Malawi: Authority, Benefits, and Costs of Compliance,” World Development.

Presentations 

Ellen Lust, Moderator; Insights for Malawi's New Government from the First GLD-IPOR Covid-19 Survey, GLD-IPOR Webinar, July 8. 

Boniface Dulani, Presenting Survey Results, Insights for Malawi's New Government from the First GLD-IPOR Covid-19 Survey, GLD-IPOR Webinar, July 8.
 

GLD Working Paper eJournal

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

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New Funding for Senior Research Fellow Kristen Kao

Kristen Kao, GLD Senior Research Fellow, has won a grant from the Folke Bernadotte Academy for 396 000 SEK (~42,000 USD) to supplement her project in Iraq, "From Revenge to Forgiveness: Strengthening Durable Peace in Post-Conflict Societies". This funding will allow for a deeper investigation of injustice gaps - when the punishment for criminal acts differs from what a person deems to be appropriate - and their effects on reconciliation with former Islamic State collaborators among varying subnational populations in the country. The larger project is funded by the Riksbanken Jubileumsfond and includes Michael Bang Petersen (Aarhus University) and Kristin Fabbe (Harvard University) as collaborators. The GLD team will support the implementation of this project. 

Find out more 
The Shia shrine of Sayida Zeyneb is located on a hill overlooking the old center of Shingal (Sinjar). It was destroyed by the Islamic State but was recently rebuilt after the war (Levi Clancy).
 

Nora Stel Releases a Book

We would like to congratulate Dr. Nora Stel, Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, on releasing her book Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty. The book explores the parallels between Lebanon's engagement with the recent Syrian refugee influx and the more protracted Palestinian presence.

GLD enjoyed hosting Nora as a visiting scholar when she worked on this book.
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Illyas Saliba, Jannis Grimm, and Kevin Köhler discussed Safer Research on the WZB Democracy Podcast

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Illyas Saliba, Jannis Grimm, and Kevin Köhler got invited to the latest WZB podcast episode to discuss the new handbook Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences. Safer Field Research was co-authored with Isabel Schierenbeck (School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg) and Ellen Lust of GLD. The podcast episode is only available in German. If you want to learn more about conducting safer research but don't speak German, you can follow the link below.
 
Safer Research Handbook
 

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