GLD October Newsletter

New Working Papers

Poor People's Beliefs and the Dynamics of Clientelism

This paper proposes a formal model of clientelism that focuses primarily on the client’s side, setting clientelism against the possibility of supporting a redistributive platform and incorporating insights from social psychology theories.

Available here.
Islam in a Changing Middle East: Local Politics and Islamist Movements

Collection of papers exploring Islamist movements across a diverse set of countries and historical periods.

Available here.

Congratulations and Farewell, Adam Harris!

GLD researcher, Adam Harris, will leave Gothenburg in December to take up a position as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at University College London. We would like to thank Adam for his outstanding contribution to our research and wish him, Carlene, Harper and Quinn all the best in their upcoming adventures!

Guest Researchers

Pierre Landry Mine Eder
Professor of Government and Public Administration Chinese University of Hong Kong Bogazici University Professor
Visiting: September-January Visiting: October-January
Research Interests: Asian and Chinese Politics, comparative local governance, and quantitative comparative analysis. Research Interests: Comparative political economy, regionalism, and informal economy.
Huyen Thanh Do Mara Revkin
Policy AnalystUNDP Viet Nam PhD Candidate in Political ScienceYale University
Visiting: 2nd - 3rd October Visiting: 15th - 17th October
Research Interests: Public administration, anti-corruption, citizen participation, and youth initiatives. Research Interests: State-building, lawmaking, and governance by armed groups.

Workshop on Islamists and Local Politics

We would like to thank Marc Lynch, Lauren Baker, and the rest of the team at the Project on Middle East Political Science for their assistance and participation during the Local Islamist Movements workshop held in Brastad, Sweden. The two-day workshop, jointly organized by GLD and POMEPS, was attended by policy-makers and academics from around the world.

Conference Papers

Researchers from GLD presented the following research at the 2017 APSA Annual Meeting:

Ruth Carlitz*, Kristen Kao, Pierre Landry, Ellen Lust, and Lise Rakner, "Exploring Subnational and Cross-Sectoral Variation in the Quality of Governance"

Ruth Carlitz, “New Perspectives on Local Government Efficiency: Exploring Subnational Variation in Tanzania"

Felix Hartmann, "Programmatic Policies and Incumbent Voting: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines"

Felix Hartmann, "Exploring Subnational Variation in Governance Outcomes: The Role of Urbanization and Social Institutions"

Kristen Kao*, Lindsay J. Benstead, "The Importance of Intersectionality: Gender, Islamism, and Ethnicity in Elections"

Pierre, Landry & Sebastian Nickel*, "Lost in Aggregation"

*presented by

Job Opening: Researcher

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.


Save-the date: Annual Policy Dialogue Day 2018

Our Annual Policy Dialogue Day will take place on Wednesday 30 May 2018, at the Wallenberg Conference Centrer in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The event is organized jointly by the V-Dem InstituteQoG - Quality of Government InstituteGovernance and Local Development - GLD and UCDP (Uppsala Conflict Data Program).

The Policy Dialogue Day intends to bridge the often-occurring gap between analysis and practice and aims to shed light on questions relating to democracy and governance, conflicts and corruption. The conference will serve as a meeting platform for practitioners, policy-makers, and academics. Details on speakers and sessions will be announced in due course.

Please save the date and we hope to see you there!

Other News

Kristen Kao and Ellen Lust, GLD and Marc Lynch, POMEPS, published "Are Islamists Making A Comeback in the Middle East? Here's Why They Succeed - and Fail" in the Washington Post.
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