The UCLA Department of Political Science, the UCLA African Studies Center and the Globalization Research Center-Africa present a discussion of African elections by Dr. Joel Barkan, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Barkan will review the history of multiparty elections since the resumption of multiparty politics, including the quality of these elections, then he’ll discuss ethnicity and voting patterns and conclude with some discussion of alternative electoral systems.
About Joel Barkan:
Joel D. Barkan is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and a Senior Associate Africa for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A specialist on politics and development policy in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Barkan served as the Regional Democracy and Governance Advisor for East and Southern Africa to the United States Agency for International Development from 1992 to 1994. He is currently Senior Consultant on Governance in the Public Sector Reform Unit of the Africa Region at the World Bank.
Barkan's knowledge of the politics of developing countries is the result of four decades of teaching, research, and government service. Since 1966 he has worked in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. He has also conducted research in rural India.
Barkan's research focuses on the relationships between central government institutions and society, and includes studies of electoral behavior and electoral systems, legislative institutions, civil society, the politics of rural development, and decentralization and democratization. His work has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is currently conducting a comparative study on the significance of early elections in countries making the transition from authoritarian to democratic rule.
Barkan received his A.B. from Cornell, and his Ph.D. in political science and African studies from UCLA. Since that time he has been a visiting faculty member or research fellow at the University of Dar es Salaam (1973-74), the Institute of Development Studies, Nairobi (1974, 1979-80), le Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques International, Paris (1978-79), the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi (1984), and Cornell University (1990). In 1997-98 he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
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