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GLD Newsletter
April 2019

In This Newsletter

  • New Working Papers
  • New Podcast
  • Call for Proposals: Short-Term Research Grants
  • Image from the Field

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Working Paper

The Importance of Intersectionality: Gender, Islamism, and Tribalism in Elections

Campaign posters in Amman, Jordan (Source: Jamal Nasrallah)
Many studies of electoral behavior and women’s electability in the developing world focus on single traits—e.g., religion, gender, and ethnicity. Yet, candidate identities affect electability intersectionally—i.e., identities are mutually constituted by social hierarchies, leading to complex, interactive effects—in ways that are underexplored in this existing literature. Using an original survey experiment conducted among 1,499 Jordanians, we examine the effects of multiple, intersecting candidate identities (i.e., gender, tribe, and Islamist party identification) on voter preferences.

GLD welcomes external submissions. If you would like your work to be featured on our website please contact us

Podcast with Jon Pierre: The Politics of Urban Governance

Episode 3: Jon Pierre, professor of political science at Gothenburg University, discusses his 2011 book "The Politics of Urban Governance." Outlining his four models on governance, Pierre explores the changing dynamics of governance and government in 21st-century cities, and discusses its implications on everyday living for the urban citizen.

Jon Pierre is a research professor in the department of political science, University of Gothenburg and professor of public governance at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne. He is also adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh and has held numerous overseas visiting appointments, most recently at the City University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne and University of Auckland. Jon's research is focused on contemporary governance, both in developing governance theory and in empirical research on the changing role of political institutions. He is particularly interested in new modes of governance and issues related to their capacity to deliver political responsiveness and democratic accountability.

Call for Proposals: Short-Term Research Grants

GLD is offering a limited number of research fellowships for scholars for short-term research on Governance and Local Development. Awards averaging 25,000 SEK (and up to 45,000 SEK in exceptional circumstances) will be offered to support research travel to the for projects related to critical governance issues. Recipients will be expected to submit a paper to be included in the GLD Working Paper Series.

Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Local governance challenges
  • Service delivery as it varies across local contexts
  • Relationship between state and non-state actors
  • Level of corruption and citizens’ perceptions of it
  • How citizens solve disputes with officials, families, and friends and how state or non-state actors are involved
  • Participation in local elections and political campaigns
  • How security services are provided in transitional periods and/or under weak central states
For more information click here.

Images from the Field

Life in Kibera, Nairobi. 

Congratulations to Felix Hartmann!

GLD PhD Student Felix Hartmann presented his 80% Dissertation Seminar on “Electoral Accountability and Its Critics: A Local Perspective.” A hearty congratulations to Felix from everyone at GLD.




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