Social Institutions and Governance: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa








On November 3rd 2016 GLD were awarded 7.8 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) for the research project Social Institutions and Governance: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa. The project will be running from 2017 until 2020 with studies in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia.

This project aims to develop a unified theory of social institutions in order to understand how, when and where they promote good governance and improve daily lives. Efforts to design political institutions and economic policies that promote good governance and development frequently fail and are rarely uniformly successful at the subnational level. This suggests that local norms and rules within societies affect governance and development. However, social institutions -- or the rules establishing how authority is exercised, actors constrained, and transgressors sanctioned -- are poorly measured, insufficiently theorized, and their consequences often overlooked. This study will conceptualize and measure social institutions, focusing on the strength, nature and content of the norms and rules governing social interactions. Focusing on social institutions governing gender and ethnic relations, it takes a multi-method approach, leveraging surveys, experiments, focus groups and stakeholder interviewers in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia (data collection in one country per year 2016-2019) to examine the links between social institutions and governance. The study will yield important new datasets that not only allow researchers to examine theoretical questions regarding governance and development outcomes, but also aids policymakers, development specialists and citizens in assessing needs across communities, establishing baselines for measuring change during policy reforms.



This document describes how to utilize the LGPI codebook and LGPI data for your research: LGPI SURVEY 2019 - A USER GUIDE.

Dataset Citation: 

Lust, Ellen (PI); Kao, Kristen; Landry, Pierre F.; Harris, Adam; Dulani, Boniface; Metheney, Erica; Nickel, Sebastian; Carlitz, Ruth; Gakii Gatua, Josephine; Jöst, Prisca; Mechkova, Valeryia; Mujenja, Maxim Fison; Tengatenga, John; Grimes, Marcia; Ahsan Jansson, Cecilia; Alfonso, Witness; Nyasente, Dominique; Ben Brahim, Nesrine; Jordan, Jenna; Bauhr, Monika; Boräng, Frida; Ferree, Karen; Hartmann, Felix; and Lueders, Hans. “The Local Governance and Performance Index (LGPI) Household Survey 2019: Kenya, Malawi, Zambia.” The Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg: 2020.

Bibtex citation format: 
Author = {Lust, Ellen and Kao, Kristen and Landry, Pierre F. and Harris, Adam and Dulani, Boniface and (co-PIs) and with Metheney, Erica and Nickel, Sebastian and Carlitz, Ruth and Gakii Gatua, Josephine and Jöst, Prisca and Mechkova, Valeryia and Mujenja, Maxim Fison and Tengatenga, John and Grimes, Marcia and Ahsan Jansson, Cecilia and Alfonso, Witness and Nyasente, Dominique and Ben Brahim, Nesrine and Jordan, Jenna and Bauhr, Monika and Boräng, Frida and Ferree, Karen and Hartmann, Felix and Lueders, Hans},
Year = {2020},
Journal = {The Program on Governance and Local Development},
Title = {The Local Governance and Performance Index (LGPI) 2019: Kenya, Malawi, Zambia.},
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