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Conference Participants

International Conference "Party Systems and the Future of Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa"


Participants Bibliographies


Elisabete Azevedo-Harman is Assistant Professor at the Political Studies Institute of the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal. She also works at the Mozambican Catholic University in Mozambique. Her research interests include democratization and political transitions, contemporary African politics and political institutions, mainly parliaments. Her doctoral dissertation on parliaments and citizens in Africa was completed at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The thesis analyses public opinion data on parliaments from eighteen African countries, focusing on the Mozambican parliament and its role in democratization in that country

Renske Doorenspleet is associate professor in comparative politics at the
department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.
She is also director of the Centre for Studies in Democratization. Her book "Democratic Transitions: Exploring the Structural Sources of the Fourth Wave" focused on theoretical and empirical explanations of recent transitions to democracy around the world. She has published a book on explaining democratic transitions since 1989, and several book chapters and articles on democratization in general and politics in Africa, e.g. in World Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Acta Politica and Democratization. She recently wrote an article on critical citizens in African democracies (forthcoming in the International Political Science Review).

Matthijs Bogaards is Professor of Political Science at Jacobs University / ISS Program Coordinator School of Humanities & Social Sciences – SHSS Political Science. His research interests include Political Institutions, Comparative Political Studies, democratization, political parties, electoral systems and divided societies. He has produced many publications on democratization and political systems, with a particular focus on Africa. He is the co-editor, with Françoise Boucek, of Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010).

Steven Friedman is Professor at Rhodes and Johannesburg Universities in South Africa. He has specialised in the study of democracy. During the 1980s, he produced a series of studies of reform apartheid and its implications for a democratic future. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has stressed the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality. Professor Friedman has recently completed the manuscript of a book, Power in Action: Democracy, Collective Action and Social Justice, an attempt to develop a theory of democracy which assigns primacy to the role of collective action in creating and sustaining democratic systems of government.

John Makgala is Associate Professor of History at the University of Botswana. He received a BA from the University of Botswana in 1998 and then won a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship which enabled him to read for an MPhil and PhD at Selwyn College of Cambrdidge University. He began lecturing in African History and African Diaspora at the University of Botswana in January 2002, and has a broad research focus on colonial and current politics and social relations in Botswana and South Africa, with a focus on tribal and race relations, party politics and trade unions and migration studies.

Lia Nijzink is a senior researcher with the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, where she coordinates the DelPHE-funded South-North partnership with the Universities of Warwick (UK) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania). She is also involved in the AFTRALAW project, a collaboration between UCT and the University of Ghent (Belgium), which studies the role of traditional law and traditional institutions in international cooperation programmes aimed at promoting transitional justice and the rule of law in Africa. Prior to joining the Department of Public Law, Nijzink lectured in UCT's Department of Political Studies in the areas of Research Methodology and Comparative Political Institutions, was awarded a research fellowship with the Centre for Social Science Research and the Centre for African Studies and served as a Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the African Legislatures Project. Nijzink's current research interests concern constitutional design and implementation, accountable government, parliamentary and party politics in Africa, democratization and international democracy assistance, research methodology.

Lars Svåsand is head of the Department of Comparative Politics at University of Bergen, Norway. He was previously dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen. Svåsand has been a guest professor at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Purdue University, WestLafayette, Indiana, USA and Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA. He has particular research on party organizational development and structure, party funding, as well as the emergence of new parties and has an extensive production related to these fields. His interest in the parties' role has further stated in the research on political parties and democratization processes in new democracies, including through projects such as Political Institutions in Africa(POLINAF) and Elections in Africa. His interest in political parties and democratization in Africa have also led to work for the development of higher education in political science in Malawi.

Jeffrey Haynes is Professor of Politics and Coordinator of Governance and International Relations at the City campus of London Metropolitan University where he teaches courses on the politics of religion and international relations. He was editor (book reviews) of the journal Democratization until the end of 2007. In January 2008 he became co-editor of this journal. He is recognised as an international authority in five separate areas: religion and international relations; religion and politics; democracy and democratisation; development studies; and comparative politics and globalisation. He has written many books, journal articles and book chapters, totalling around 160 such publications since 1986.

Cyril Daddieth is professor of Black World Studies at Miami University. He has particular research interests on topics such as Democratization and Elections in Africa with a focus on Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, States and Conflicts in Contemporary West Africa, Reform of District Assemblies (local government) in Ghana, Educational Reforms in Ghana, Gender Issues in African Higher Education, Privatization of Higher Education in Ghana, and Contemporary Trans-Atlantic Linkages: African-Americans in Ghana. He also has teaching Contemporary African Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Foreign Policies of African States, International Political Economy, Women and Development in the Third World, and African Politics & Society through Literature.

Jonathan van Eerd is researcher, lecturer and teaching assistant in political science at the University of Zurich. His research and lecturing focus is on topics related with democratization and party systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Lesotho and Botswana.

Peter Burnell is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His long established research interests are in democratization, the political economy of foreign aid, and politics and policy in Zambia. A present research focus is a critical examination of how standard conceptions of democracy are being diffused globally through networks of democracy promotion actors based mainly in the West. Another examines the political drivers of international assistance to developing regions against a backdrop of competing, sometimes contradictory policy objectives and theories of economic, social and political change. In addition to being a full-time academic he has regular contact with international democracy assistance organisations. He is the Founding Joint Editor of Democratization and the accompanying book series Democratization Studies, published by Routledge.

Rachel Gisselquist is a visiting fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was also the Research Director of the Index of African Governance with the program on Intrastate Conflict at Harvard University. She specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Her research is on governance, ethnic and identity politics, democratization, and elections.

Henning Melber is director of the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation in Uppsala Sweden, and prior to October 2006, was research director at the Nordic Africa Institute for six years.. He studied Political Science and Sociology at the Freie Universität in (West-)Berlin and joined the anti-colonial liberation movement SWAPO of Namibia in 1974. In 1977 he graduated in Political Science and received a PhD in the same discipline in 1980 at the University of Bremen, where he also obtained a venia legendi (Habilitation) in Development Studies in 1993. Since 1982 he was Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Kassel. After Independence he returned to Windhoek as the Director of the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in 1992. He was chairperson to the Namibian-German Foundation for Cultural Co-operation (NaDS) between 1994 and 2000 and a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council since its establishment. In 2000 he became Research Director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala/Sweden. He was a vice-president of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) from 2002 to 2005 and is vice-president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INOGS) since 2005. He has published widely in the area of African Studies, notably on racism and on solidarity as well as liberation movements, and in particular on Southern Africa and especially Namibia.

Vicky Randall is Co-ordinator and Professor in the Department of Government at University of Essex. Her interests in human rights stem largely from her longstanding research interest in the fields both of women/gender and politics and politics of developing countries. Recent relevant work includes research into the issues of women's legislative reservations (quotas) and policy regarding child prostitution, both with particular reference to India. Current research interests also include political parties in developing countries and the issue of internal party democracy. She has authored a number of publications on women and politics, including The Politics of Child Daycare in Britain (2000); Women and Politics (2nd Ed, 1987) and (with Joni Lovenduski) Contemporary Feminist Politics (1993) and also co-edited Gender, Politics and the State (with Georgina Waylen 1998).