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Drawing on insights from his new book Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa, Jeffrey Paller (Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco) will discuss the impact that rapid urbanization has on democracy and political development across the continent. The book develops a framework for the study of democracy and development that emphasizes informal institutions and the politics of belonging in the context of daily life, in contrast to the formal and electoral paradigms that dominate the social sciences. Paller will discuss how urbanization in Africa is a contentious political process, and explain how host-migrant relationships, claims to urban space, and overlapping institutional and authority structures will shape the prospects for democracy and sustainable urban development in the years to come.

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    Thu, April 2, 2020 01:30 pm

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by SAIS African Studies Program

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    1717 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC United States

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