Conference on Parliaments and Democracy in Africa
Parliaments are one of the most important building blocks of democracy. In Africa, they are commonly dismissed as ‘rubber stamps’ despite mounting evidence that they shape states’ political and developmental trajectories in critical ways. It is clear that African legislatures are institutions that matter. This makes it critical to understand who makes up African parliaments, how they get there, and what legislators do once elected. It is also essential to examine different models of representation, the interactions between parliamentarians and local government, and the ways in which institutional variations shape the behaviour of parliaments across the African continent.
This conference will bring together leading scholars, activists and policy-makers from Africa and beyond to examine these topics. The conference will be hosted by the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA).
MIASA is dedicated to the study of Sustainable Governance, with a focus on sustainable environmental transformation, sustainable conflict management, and sustainable democracy. MIASA aims to reduce global asymmetries in knowledge production while bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. It serves as a hub for exchange, networking and collaboration amongst leading researchers from across Africa and beyond. MIASA’s activities include a series of interdisciplinary fellowship groups, including the fellowship group on Parliaments and Democracy, which is hosting this conference.