Northwestern University

Apr
30
Wed 2:00 PM

Legislatures and the Building of Democratic States: The Cases of Kenya and Zambia

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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April 30th, 12pm, lunch served

PAS Working Group on Democracy and Governances and PAS Affiliates Series:

Legislatures and the Building of Democratic States: The Cases of Kenya and Zambia

Kennedy Opalo, PAS Visiting Scholar, PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Abstract: What explains the variation in legislative strength across African states? Since the return of multiparty politics in Africa in the early 1990s, a number of African countries have seen their leaders emerge as credible institutions that check executive power while others have not. With case studies from Kenya and Zambia, this paper investigates the determinants of legislative strength in Africa and the potential for electoral democracy to result in strong institutions of horizontal accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Bio: Ken Opalo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford. His research interests include institutional development, the political economy of resource management and redistribution, and elections and governance in Africa.

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