Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects
Below is the full conference programme for the two days. Please note at this stage it still maybe subject to change.
FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER
8.30 – 9.30 Registration and Introduction
Session 1: 9.30-11.00
Panel 1a: Electoral Authoritarianism in Africa
- Wale Adebanwi (University of California) and Ebenezer Obadare (University of Kansas): 'The Abrogation of the Electorate: An Emerging African Phenomenon'
- Shadrack Nasong'o (Rhodes College, Memphis): 'Multiparty Electoral Contests and Democratization in Africa: Change and Continuity in Kenya and Tanzania'
- Justin Willis (Durham University): '"We changed the laws": practice and malpractice in Sudan's elections'
Panel 1b: Local politics and democracy in Southern Africa
- Thomas Koelble (University of Capetown) and Edward Lipuma (University of Miami): 'The Politics of Service Delivery in South Africa'
- Charlotte Lemanski (University College London): 'The voices of the poor in urban governance: overlapping and competing spaces of community-level political participation in Cape Town'
- Eddy Mazembo Mavungu (University of the Witwatersrand): 'People's democracy versus government's democracy: lessons from provincial boundary disputes in the post-apartheid South Africa'
Panel 2b: Decentralisation and democracy in Africa
- Asiyati Chiweza (University of Malawi): 'Decentralisation and state formation in rural Malawi'
- I. W. Katono (Uganda Christian University) and Terrell Manyak (Uganda Christian University): 'Impact of Multiparty Politics on Local Government in Uganda'
- Blessings Chinsinga (University of Malawi): 'The Interface between Local Level Politics, Constitutionalism and State Formation in Malawi through the Lens of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF)'
11.00-11.30 COFFEE / TEA BREAK
Session 2: 11.30-1.00
Panel 2a: Imperialism and Democracy [ROAPE panel]
- Yao Graham: ‘Democracy and Imperialism in Africa’
- David Williams: 'Good Governance and the Liberal Project'
Panel 2b: The state of democracy in Southern and Eastern Africa
- Greg Cameron (University of Edinburgh) and Sara Rich Dorman (University of Edinburgh): 'Problems of nationalism and democracy in Zimbabwe and Tanzania'
- Anthony Lemon (University of Oxford): 'The implications for opposition parties of South Africa's 2009 general election'
- Hermann Wasserman (University of Sheffield): 'Deepening democracy or widening the rift? The political role of media in South Africa and Namibia'
Panel 2c: Traditional authority and democracy in Africa
- Henry Chingaipe (University of York & University of Malawi): 'State Formation, Traditional Leadership and Multiparty Democracy in Malawi'
- Wolfram Laube (University of Bonn): 'Democratisation of Polycentric Governance Structures: Dynamics of local political arenas in northern Ghana'
- Aslak Orre (CMI Bergen): 'Democracy and traditional authority: compatible or mutually exclusive?'
Panel 2d: Neo-patrimonialism, corruption and democratic politics
- Lillian Cherotich (St. Anthony's College, Oxford University): 'Corruption and Democracy in Kenya'
- Mufunanji Magalasi (University of Malawi): 'Malawian stage drama and post 1994 Democracy: From Du Chisiza's "Democracy Boulevard" to Nadzikambe's "Accidental death of Democracy"'
- Stephanie Matti (La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia): 'An analysis of Congolese democratic institutions'
Session 3: 2.00 – 3.30
Panel 3a: Power sharing and democracy
- Nic Cheeseman (University of Oxford): 'Power Sharing in Comparative Perspective: The Origins and Consequences of 'Unity Government' in Africa'
- Lionel Cliffe (University of Leeds): 'Power-sharing in Kenya and Zimbabwe'
- Christof Hartmann (University of Duisburg-Essen): 'Vertical Power-Sharing and Democratization in Africa'
Panel 3b: Religion and Democracy in Africa
- Julia Leininger (German Development Institute, Bonn): 'Religion and Democracy in Africa: The Ban of Religious Parties and the Role of Islamic Actors in Mali’s and Senegal’s Democratizations'
- Insa Nolte (University of Birmingham): 'No longer secular: Religion, democracy and the state in Nigeria'
Panel 3c: Traditional authority and democracy in modern Somaliland
- Karl Sandstrom (University of St Andrews) 'Somaliland – Traditional Authority in Democracy'
- Michael Walls (University College London) and Steve Kibble (Progressio): 'Somaliland: beyond the hybrid of 'traditional' and representative democratic systems'
3.30-4.00 COFFEE / TEA BREAK
Session 4: 4.00 – 5.30
Panel 4a: Power sharing in practice
- George Omondi (African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF), Nairobi, Kenya): 'The challenges and prospects of coalition governments in Africa: examining the attempts by Kenya and Zimbabwe'
- Philani Moyo (University of Fort Hare, South Africa): 'Zimbabwe’s Negotiated Inclusive Government: Is It a Messy Power-Sharing Experiment or a Positive Step Towards Democratisation?'
Panel 4b: Political institutions and democracy in West Africa
- Francesca Dau (University of Rome 1, Sapienza): 'On African Parliaments: Constitutional and Electoral engineering in Plural Societies. (The case of Francophone African countries)'
- David Enweremadu (Univerity of Ibadan, Nigeria): 'Judicial Reforms and Democratic Consolidation in Nigeria: 1999-2009'
- Stephen Akinyemi Lafenwa (University of Ibardan, Nigeria): 'The Legislature and the challenges of democratic governance in Africa: The Nigerian Case'
Panel 4c: Democracy and Local Power I [ROAPE Panel]
- Janet Bujra: 'The Politics of the queue: PLHA Politicisation and AIDS activism in Tanzania'
- Chambi Chachage: 'A Tale of Two Laws: Dual Democratization of Land Governance in Tanzania'
- Giuliano Martiniello: 'Democratisation, traditional authorities and land rights in South Africa'
6.00 – 7.30 Keynote Lecture: Prof. Patrick Bond – 'African democratic currents during extreme economic crisis'
8.00 CONFERENCE DINNER
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER
Session 5: 9.30-11.00
Panel 5a: Leadership and elections
- Heather Deegan (Middlesex University, London): 'Revisiting elections in Africa'
- Tom Hewitt (University of Birmingham): 'Elites and Elections in Africa'
- Tom Lodge (University of Witwatersrand): 'Alternation and leadership succession in African Democracies'
Panel 5b: Democracy Promotion in Africa
- Oda van Cranenburgh (Leiden University): 'Democracy Promotion in Africa: institutional issues'
- Rachel Hayman (University of Edinburgh): 'When Good Performers Go Astray: Budget Support and Democratization in Africa'
- Jelmer Kamstra (University of Nijmegen): 'What is it that NGOs contribute to democracy? The case of internationally-sponsored Research and Advocacy Organisations in Ghana'
Panel 5c: Democracy and Local Power I [ROAPE Panel]
- Henning Melber: 'Democracy without democrats? Liberation movements as governments in Southern Africa'.
- Lionel Cliffe (University of Leeds): 'The Promise of Liberation: Explaining the Failure - Comparisons of southern Africa and the Horn'
11.00-11.30 COFFEE / TEA BREAK
Session 6: 11.30-1.00
Panel 6a: Ethnicity and political mobilisation
- Sebastian Elischer (GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg): 'It's Not the Economy Stupid! Structural Determinants of the Causes and Consequences of Ethnic Parties'
- Ericka Albaugh (Bowdoin Col, Brunswick): 'Minority Recognition or Exclusion: Defining Citizenship in "Democratizing" Cameroon'
Panel 6b: Democracy Promotion in Africa II
- Karen Del Biondo (Ghent University, Belgium): 'The EU approach to democracy promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa'
- Olivia Rutazibwa (Ghent University, Belgium/EUI, Florence): 'How good intentions don’t seal the deal: The problematics of the EU’s ethical involvement in sub Saharan Africa'
- Stephen Brown (University of Ottawa): 'Hybridity and Hypocrisy: Donor Discourse on Defective Democracy and Electoral Authoritarianism in Africa'
Panel 6c: Democracy and Local Power II [ROAPE Panel]
- Gavin Hilson: 'A mouthpiece for the community? Chiefs and the "dual mining economy" in Ghana'
- Miles Larmer (University of Sheffield): ‘Disciplined Democracy and Resource Nationalism in Zambia’s Third Republic: Results and Prospects
Session G: 2.00 – 3.30
Panel 7a: Elections and ethnic violence: The case of Kenya
- Jørgen Elklit (University of Aarhus): 'Assessing the December 2007 Elections in Kenya'
- Amukowa Anangwe (University of Dodoma, Tanzania): 'State, multi-party elections and ethnic violence in Kenya'
- Mike Kuria (Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya) and M/S Wambui Wamunyu (Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya): 'Democracy and (de)tribalisation in Africa: Lessons from Kenya's Rift Valley Province'
Panel 7b: Donor Interests, Development Aid and Democratization
- Warigia Bowman (University of Mississippi): 'The implementation of ICT policy in Rwanda'
- Michael Keating (The American International University in London): 'The Politics of Democratization in Uganda: Donor Interests, Development Strategies, and Intra-Governmental Conflict'
Panel 7c: Crises of democratisation
- Jérôme Bachelard (University of Geneva): 'Pressure struggles behind elections and coups: Madagascar's 2001-2002 and 2009 democratization crises in comparative perspective'
- Lauren Leigh Hinthorne (University of York): 'Democratic Crisis or Crisis of Confidence? What local perspective frames tell us about Madagascar's 2009 Political Crisis'
- Cyril Obi (Nordic Africa Institute): 'Taking Back Our Democracy? The Trials and Travails of Nigerian Elections since 1999'
3.30-4.00 COFFEE / TEA BREAK
Session H: 4.00 – 5.30
Panel 8a: Voting behaviour in modern Africa
- Matthias Basedau (GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg), Gero Erdmann (GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg) & Alexander Stroh (GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg: 'Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour in Africa. Survey Evidence from Eight African Countries'
- Virginia Kamowa (University of Leeds): 'Changing Election Trends in Malawi: Hope for Democracy Consolidation?'
- John Lwanda (Dudu Nsomba Publications): 'MCP to DPP: Democratising from Autocracy or Autocratising Democracy?'
Panel 8b: External Agencies and Elections in Africa
- Anders Sjögren (Stockholm University): 'A tale of one election, two commissions and plenty of external agents: the Kenya 2007 Presidential election and its aftermath'
- Konstantinos Magliveras (University of the Aegean) and Asteris Huliaras (Harokopion University): 'Multilateral Institutions as Agents of Democracy: African Union and SADC Reactions to the Zimbabwe and Madagascar Crises'
Panel 8c: Democracy, Ethnic Diversity and the Politics of Inclusion
- José Adrián Garcia-Rojas (University of La Laguna, Tenerife): 'Troubles in a Microstate: Instability, Violence and Federal Arrangements in Comoro Islands'
- Paul Austin Stacey (Roskilde University): 'Decentralization and ethnicity in Ghana'
- Danielle Beswick (University of Birmingham): 'Democracy, identity and the politics of exclusion in post-genocide Rwanda: the case of the Batwa'