November Newsletter

In this month's newsletter, we will cover the following:
  • Open Positions at GLD
  • Presentations by GLD team members
  • Save the Date! 
  • Fieldwork in Tanzania and Zambia
  • Current Guest Researchers
  • New Working Papers
  • GLD in the press

Job Openings at GLD

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
The Department of Political Science and the program of Governance and Local Development (GLD) are searching for one or more Researchers to fill a full-time 2-year position. As a researcher you are expected to conduct research with a focus on one or several of the main questions of the research program in collaboration with Professor Ellen Lust, as well as with other members of the GLD research team. The work may partly take place in the Middle East and/or North Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa.

You should have a PhD in political science, sociology, economics or related field when assuming the position. We are looking for researchers with prior research experience as closely connected as possible to the project research area.

Further information can be found here.

PhD Position
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is currently looking for qualified and motivated individuals for a doctoral studentship position (PhD student). We are particularly interested in candidates who have a record of accomplishments in governance and development (e.g., service provision, non-state governance, local-national relations, etc.). We are also particularly interested in candidates who have (1) regional expertise, most importantly from the MENA and Sub Saharn Africa and/or other regions and/or (2) expertise in research methods (e.g., experiments, survey methodology,  network analysis, or related methods).

Further information will be posted 
here next week.

GLD's Second Annual Conference 
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg will hold its second annual conference on May 31 - June 1, 2018 with the theme, "Layered Authority," in Gothenburg, Sweden. We seek to showcase research that examines the ways in which different authorities interact, and the extent to which they complement or clash with each other. We also wish to understand how such interactions affect governance more broadly -- at the community as well as the state level. We aim to stimulate dialogue on such questions among scholars, policymakers, and other members of the development community.

This will be preceded by Gothenburg University's Annual Policy Dialogue Day (Wednesday May 30, 2018) , at the Wallenberg Conference Centre in Gothenburg. Which is jointly organised by the V-Dem InstituteQoG - Quality of Government InstituteGovernance and Local Development - GLD and UCDP (Uppsala Conflict Data Program).

Please save the dates and stay tuned for more information!
GLD Fieldwork in Tanzania
"The primary objective of this trip was to conduct open-ended interviews with ordinary citizens and local leaders to inform the LGPI in Tanzania, to be implemented mid-2018. The trip also aimed at following up on the availability of certain documents and data to inform the sampling frame and other aspects of the survey. Given that Ruth had made a previous trip to Tanzania in Februrary 2017, and has a fairly extensive knowledge of the institutional landscape, this trip did not focus on meetings with the representatives of international NGOs, research institutes and other “key informants,” of the type that Adam met with in Zambia during a concurrent trip.
Excerpt from Tanzania Fieldwork Report, by Ruth Carlitz
Photos from top: GLD Postdoc Ruth Carlitz in the field in Morogoro, Tanzania.
A village assembly meeting under the trees in WamaSokoine Village, Tanzania
Colourful fabric (Kanga) found in a Tanzanian market
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GLD Fieldwork in Zambia
Postdoc Adam Harris with our Research Assistants Aaron and Charma in Lusaka, Zambia
"The research trip to Zambia had similar goals as the one to Tanzania. We interviewed a number of citizens but also a number of village headmen & headwomen, local councillors, and a number of government officials. We learned a great deal about traditional governance structures and the challenges people face and the ways they seek to solve them." -Adam Harris

GLD Fieldwork in Jordan

GLD Postdoc, Kristen Kao traveled to Jordan in order to find out more about how tribal law works in Jordan, and whether it applies to communities other than Jordanians, for example refugees. In addition to administrative and logistical recommendations for future trips, Kristen offered a  recommendation:
"Recognise that there are different types of tribal judges or sheikhs, as well as the role of the state in making or breaking sheikhs is important to keep in mind as we move forward with this project. Legitimacy is based on hereditary lines but it can also be challenged by the regime in power through various channels, although perhaps never fully abolished. Future trips need to delve into the variations in tribal leaders among different populations in Jordan: Palestinian origin, Syrian origin, urban versus rural, etc."

-Excerpt from Jordanian Fieldwork Report, by Kristen Kao

New Working Papers

"This paper examines the relationship between national and sub-national actors in the context of political transitions, exploring the debates over representation in early periods of democratic processes, how pressures to alter the composition of local council arise as part of power struggles among central elites, and the conditions under which local councils resist or succumb to such pressures."
Find the paper here.

"Employing a rating-based, conjoint analysis in Malawi to examine the poor’s preferences over vote-buying, we find that the poor are repelled by candidates who promise an immediate exchange of particularistic goods for votes and prefer candidates who promise community goods. This highlights the need to consider the possibility that candidates incur costs when offering to buy votes in poor communities."
Find the paper here.

November Presentations

At the Middle East Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 18th, Kristen Kao presented:

"Wasta and Clientelism:
The Intersection of Social and Political Linkages in the MENA"

by Kristen Kao, Adam Harris, and Ellen Lust.
At the Toronto Political Behavior Workshop on November 10th & 11th, Felix Hartmann presented a poster based on his paper:

“Public Transfers and Incumbent Voting: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines ”
At the African Studies Association 60th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on November 16th-18th, Ellen Lust presented:

"Christian Missions, Traditional Authorities and Social Insurance Networks in Malawi"
by Ellen Lust and Kate Baldwin, Yale University

And Adam Harris presented:

"The Dynamics of Local and National Elections: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in Malawi" 
by Kristen Kao and Adam Harris

In Other News...

Papers by Janine Clark: "The Party of Justice and Development and Municipal Elections in Morocco" and Yasmina Abouzzohour: "The Persistent Rural Failure of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party” were reported in the Moroccan Press.  

These papers were presented at the GLD-POMEPS Conference held in Sweden in June 2018, and are available presented in the working paper, "Islam in the Middle East: Local Politics and Islamist Movements.” 

Guest Researchers

Nora Stel
Assistant Professor
Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands

Visiting: Nov. 2017-Sept. 2018
Research Interests: political anthropology of governance; authority and legitimacy in conflict-affected contexts, with a particular focus on non-state actors; and informal institutions and refugee communities in the Levant.
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Pierre Landry
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Visiting: Sept. 2017 - Jan. 2018
Research Interests: Asian and Chinese Politics, comparative local governance, and quantitative comparative analysis. Contact
Mine Eder
Bogazici University

Visiting: Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2017
Research Interests: Comparative political economy, regionalism, and informal economy.
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