Writing

Electoral Note: The 2014 National Assembly and Presidential Elections in Namibia

credit: dw.de

credit: dw.de

Sadly it’s behind a paywall, but you’re not missing much — this is just an overview of what happened, with little analysis.

Highlights

•SWAPO remains undefeated, winning over 80 percent in both contests.
•First use of Electronic Voting Machines led to long delays.
•The opposition remains fractured; an increasing number of parties contests elections.
•The largest opposition party now only has five percent of the vote.
•The numerical representation of women in parliament will likely double.

 

Decentralization and Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Image from Transparency International

This is my senior thesis from Dickinson College. I looked at how bringing government closer to the people affects the extent of corruption. The interactions are complicated, but basically I argue that a difficulty in creating effective local democracy and troubles monitoring bureaucrats makes it very difficult in the Sub-Saharan African context.

No studies focus on this region in particular, a gap given the prevalence of neo-patrimonial politics, weak institutions, and a lack of democracy in many countries… This paper argues that the enthusiastic embrace of decentralization by many international organizations might be somewhat overeager, and that findings on decentralization and corruption should not be generalized across contexts.