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African Political Economy

The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between the LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Organisers: Ryan Jablonski (GV), Catherine Boone (GV, ID), Joachim Wehner (GV)

All seminars will take place in room CON 3.20 from 5pm - 6.30pm unless otherwise noted and will be followed by drinks in the White Horse.

Upcoming events

Michaelmas Term

Thursday 12 October 2017
Milli Lake, IR, LSE and Sarah Dreier (University of Washington).
"The State We're In": Institutional Legitimacy and Individualized Trust Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Wednesday 1 November 2017
Panel Discussion: "Rethinking Boko Haram" (co-sponsored by Afrique Contemporaine, venue TBC)

Thursday 9 November 2017
Joachim Wehner and Dan Berliner, GV, LSE
"Audits for Accountability: Evidence from Municipal By-elections in South Africa"

Lent Term

Thursday 25 January 2018
Chelsea Johnson, GV, LSE
"Better Together? Examining the utility of all-inclusive peace processes with evidence from Uganda and DR Congo."

Thursday 1 March 2018 (1-2pm)
Eric Kramon, Assistant Professor of Political Science, George Washington University "Money for Votes: The Causes and Consequences of Electoral Clientelism in Africa"

Friday 23-Saturday 24 March 2018
Working Group on African Political Economy meeting