GLD in the MENA

Status:

Ongoing

 

Date:

2019-2021

 

Overview:

The Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) project aims to create a better understanding of local governance in the region. It brings together scholars from Europe, the MENA region and the US to explore a diverse set of issues including why some communities do better at providing services, resolving conflict, or engaging in environmental issues than others, as well as how authority and governance procedures vary across space and time. At a time when the discourse on the region focuses on national and international forces affecting refugee crises and terrorism, it reminds us that individuals ‘live locally’ and that governance varies greatly at the subnational level. The collaborators employ a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches and examine a diverse set of cases.

The Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa project will result in an edited volume.  The volume will explore subjects such as comparative decentralization, state building and power, gender, service provision and social cohesion in the MENA.

Collaborators on the volume are; Christina Parreira (Harvard University), Steven Brooke with Monica Komer (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Aytug Sasmaz (Harvard University) with Julia Clark (World Bank) and Alexandra Blackman (NYU Abu Dhabi), Prisca Jöst (University of Gothenburg), Marika Sosnowski (University of Melbourne), Intissar Kherigi (Jasmine Foundation), Ahmed Al Mukheini, Salma Mousa (Stanford University), Marwa Shalaby (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Lindsay Benstead with Adel Hamazia (Portland State University), Matt Buehler (University of Tennessee) and Sylvia Bergh (International Institute of Social Sciences) with Francesco Colin (Erasmus University). The volume is co-edited by Professor Ellen Lust and Senior Researcher Kristen Kao. 

This project is funded by Hicham al Aloui Foundation (1.7 million SEK (1.7 million SEK/196,000 USD).

 

Workshops:

  • Middle East and North Africa Workshop, Sarajevo, August 7-9, 2019

 

Presentations:

Ahmed Al Mukheini, How perogatives of local governments shift over time, state building and local authority in Oman, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 8 December.

Lindsay Benstead, Gendered Pathways of Local Governance Engagement in Algeria, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 22 September.

Sylvia I. Bergh and Francesco Colin, Citizen Petitions to Moroccan Municipalities: A Case of Asymmetrical Inclusion?, 3 November.

Steven Brooke and Monica Komer, Local Variation in Mosque-based Governance: Evidence From Tunisia, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 17 November.

Matt Buehler, Beards, Mustaches, and Power: The Traits of Masculine Leadership in the Middle East, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 1 December.

Kristen Kao and Salma Mouse, Building Bridges? Intergroup Contact, Power Status, and Coexistence in Jordan, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 27 October.

Kristen Kao and Prisca Jöst, The Translation of Social Norms into Civic Action Among the Poor in Tunisia, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 29 September.

Intissar Kherigi, Territory, identity and local governance in Tunisia: How do changes to municipal boundaries shape conflicts within and between municipalities?, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 13 October.

Christiana Parreira, Local Elections and Public Goods Provision Under Party Cartel Rule: Evidence from Lebanon’s Municipalities, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 10 November.

Aytug Sasmaz, Julia Clark, and Alexandra Blackman, Local Political Priorities during Tunisia’s First Democratic Municipal Elections, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 24 November.

Marwa Shalaby, Decentralization and Women’s Political Inclusion in Morocco, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 20 October.

Marika Sosnowski, Outposts of the state: local governance in war and peacetime in Syria’s south, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 6 October.

 

Funders:

Hicham al Aloui Foundation