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GLD Newsletter
March 2019

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  • New Working Papers
  • New Podcast
  • SSA Project Update
  • DYK?

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Working Papers

Beyond the Democratic Paradox: The Decline of Democracy in Turkey

15 July Martyrs Bridge (Source: Engin Eselioğlu, Unsplash)
This paper provides a close look at Turkey’s experience with democratic backsliding and argues that at different stages of this process, different structural and agential factors contributed to the decline of democracy in the country. It takes a “synthetic” theoretical approach--one that highlights the role of political actors, economic relations, political institutions and the importance of strategic coalitions, in understanding the gradual process of democratic erosion. The paper argues that the agential factors were important both in precipitating the decline and in deepening it. Meanwhile, economic relations and weaknesses of institutions allowed the strategic coalitions to shape the process. The experience of backsliding in Turkey makes us aware that academics must also take into account the role of duplicity in the process, for the full picture of democratic decline is fashioned through a complex web of opportunism and deception.

Ceasefires as State-Building

Street mural, Daraya, Syria (Source: Hosam, a local council member)
This paper views ceasefires as rarely only a “cease fire”. Rather it reconceptualises ceasefires more as particular types of wartime order that can have a variety of different state-building consequences on the ground. These include ramifications for local level conflict dynamics, the development of rebel governance institutions, humanitarian access and the renegotiation of claims to territorial and citizenship rights. Thinking about the state-building implications of ceasefires in civil war is relevant not only for academia but also for peace- and policy-makers. This is because if we move beyond seeing ceasefires as simply a tool for stopping or reducing levels of violence to better understanding the diverse effects ceasefires can have on the ground we can better manage the negotiation process and build any eventual peace.

GLD welcomes external submissions. If you would like your work to be featured on our website please contact us.

Podcast with Yeşim Arat: Bridging Turkey's Islamist/Secularist Divide

Episode 2: Yeşim Arat 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.

Yeşim (Yale College, BA 1978, Princeton University, Department of Politics, PhD 1983) is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She has numerous articles on questions of women’s political participation and Islam in Turkey and books entitled, The Patriarchal Paradox: Women Politicians in Turkey (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989), Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy: Islamist Women in Turkish Politics (State University of New York Press, 2005). Her research interests are: Gender Politics, Turkish Politics, Women and Politics in Turkey, Women's Movements in Turkey.

SSA Urbanization and Social Norms Project Update

Survey preparation and training underway in Zambia (top), Malawi (bottom left), and Kenya (bottom right).
GLD postdoc Ruth Carlitz and GU PhD student Valeriya Mechkova spent two weeks in Zomba, Malawi, working with colleagues from the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR) on preparation for implementation of our survey in Malawi. During the same period GLD director Ellen Lust, postdoc Josephine Gatua, and research associate Nesrine Ben Brahim have been in Nairobi, Kenya, training enumerators with our research partners at IPSOS.

We would like to issue a hearty Zikomo! to our colleagues in Malawi for their hospitality and continued efforts on this project. Special thanks also go to Dominic Nyasente and Nicholas Mwenda and the rest of Ipsos team in Kenya for their support throughout this project.

Finally, a BIG thank you to Ruth, Valeriya, Josephine, and Nesrine for their excellent - and tireless - work this month!

New Positions at GLD

Director’s Assistant

The job assignment includes assisting the director with literature reviews, analyses, revision, editing and formatting the director’s academic texts including citation checks. Further to update the director’s CV, biographies, GU publications and other documents. Assist with research proposals (e.g. writing, budget and submissions), reporting results, the organization and correspondence for collaborative projects, logistics of conference and research travel and other tasks as required.

All communication will be in English, therefore excellent skills in English are a requirement.

Employment Type: 50%
Contract Length: 6 months
Start Date: Immediately

Click here to apply.

Research Program Coordinator

The job assignment includes providing logistical support for conferences, workshops and visiting scholars. Assisting the GLD staff with bookings and payments and with travel arrangements. Assisting in the recruitment of interns and other staff. Assisting in the preparation and implementation of short term grants and with proposals (e.g. budget and submission), we well as overseeing and reporting the budget status to the director. Work tasks might vary by proportion and content.

Employment Type: 70%
Contract Length: 13 months
Start Date: August

Click here to apply.


We are currently looking for highly motivated, self-driven interns who are interested in governance and development. Knowledge of statistical programs, Arabic, French, and/or Swedish is an asset. As an intern you will be an important part of our team and will be given the opportunity to obtain practical experience in working with a research project within academia. Tasks vary in terms of project needs. Current tasks include: data collection and management, survey preparation, background reports and internal memorandums, event organisation, and dissemination (including social media outreach).

Email with your cover letter and cv if you are interested in our internship programme.

We would also like to thank our most recent intern Dimitrios Pantakidis for his excellent work during a very busy period for the team. We hope you keep in touch and wish you all the best in your future career!



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