Workshop on Democracy in Africa

in Comparative Perspective


Friday, April 27, 2001

Asia/Pacific Scholars Room, Encina Hall, Stanford University


Sponsored by

The Democratization Seminar, Institute for International Studies


The Center for African Studies, Stanford University



9:00 a.m.

Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

Larry Diamond, Terry Karl


Session I - 9:15-10:45 

Assessing Political and Economic Reform in Africa

Chair: Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution, Stanford University



Nicolas van de Walle, Michigan State University

“The Impact of Multiparty Politics in Africa”


Michael Bratton, Michigan State University

          “Democratic and Market Reforms in Africa: What the People Say”(see also the tables for this paper)


Break - 10:45-11:00


Session II - 11:00-12:30
Africa’s Protracted Transitions:
Domestic and International Factors

Chair: Terry Karl, Stanford University



Joel Barkan, University of Iowa and the World Bank

          “Protracted Transitions Among Africa’s New Democracies”




Session II cont.

Kayode Soremekun, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Visiting Scholar, International Forum for Democratic Studies, NED

“The International Dimensions of the Democratic Momentum in Africa: An Insider’s View”


Lunch Break - 12:30-1:30


Session III - 1:45-3:15


Ethnicity and Gender in Africa’s New Politics

Chair:  David Laitin, Stanford University


Aili Tripp, University of Wisconsin, Madison

          “New Trends in Women’s Political Participation in Africa”

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Dan Posner, UCLA

          “Regime Change and Ethnic Cleavages in Africa”


Break - 3:15 - 3:30


Session IV - 3:45-5:15

Developing Constitutionalism and Democracy in Africa

Chair: David Abernethy, Stanford University



Richard Sklar, UCLA

          “On the Study of Constitutional Government in Africa”


Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

          “Developing Democracy in Africa”






5:15 Close