From 18 to 20 March 2018, the workshop ‘Parliaments and Democracy’ took place in Dakar. It brought together three types of scholars: members of the “Do legislatures enhance democracy in Africa?” Project Group, future fellows of the second MIASA Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Parliaments and Democracy’, and other scholars working on legislatures, political parties, and democratization. Participants came from all over the world, about half of them were African scholars.
On 6 and 7 December 2018, the first out of a series of Female Academic Career Workshops was held in Dakar (under the aegis of GHI Paris). Among 120 applications, 16 scholars from Senegal (8), Cameroon (4), Côte d’Ivoire (1), Togo (1), Algeria (1) and Morocco (1) were selected. The workshop consisted of two parts: (a) a public round table on ‘Female academic career development in African academic environments” and (b) a non-public coaching seminar which was conducted by Folashade Soule-Kohndou (University of Oxford).
How do political events and factors influence the composition of senior government elites? This presentation uses a newly created African Cabinet Political Elite Dataset (ACPED) to demonstrate how political factors such as regime strength or economic growth, along with key events such as elections or mass protest, exert influence on how leaders or regimes compose the highest echelons of their government.
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