My research focuses on parliamentary politics in Uganda. I am particularly interested in examining the dynamics of legislative-executive relations with an eye to assessing the scope for parliamentary independence within Uganda's 'semi-authoritarian' regime. My research is an extension of my master's work, which drew on data gathered during several months spent working in the Uganda Parliament between 2011 and 2013. Additional interests include: transitions to a multiparty system, political parties, theory and practice of representative politics.
Research: To what extent does electoral exclusion (the banning of opposition candidates in elections) increase the risk of civil wars or coups d'état, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa? Case studies: Madagascar, Côte d'Ivoire, Zambia; likely future case studies: Tunisia, Ecuador.
My DPhil dissertation explores the spatial patterns of electoral fraud in Ghana and the correlates behind these patterns. It draws on participant observations, electoral petitions, and census data, and combines anthropological methods and discrete choice models. More generally, I am interested in strategies of electoral mobilisation, both legal and illegal.
My key research interests are: political parties and party systems, donor-recipient government relations, and artisanal and small-scale mining policy. My thesis is about studying opposition party formation and their development trajectories, focusing on parties' ideology, organisation, structure and mobilisation.
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In my research, I look at power-sharing and coalition building in Somalia’s civil war.
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2010-2011: Visiting at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton; Doctoral dissertation: Social Accountability in World Bank grants for health care.
My thesis compares a British-led police reform in the 'failed' state of Sierra Leone from 1998-2007 with reforms of the Colonial Police towards the end of empire. There are striking similarities in representations of 'good policing' and strategies to build police across contexts of empire and formally equal sovereignty. However, police reform has now become entangled with a number of possibly conflicting strands of intervention in post-conflict countries; such as stabilization, transitional justice, and development. Through a detailed analysis building on archival research and interviews with actors from both periods I try to bring out the shifts in security logic that has brought police reform to the forefront of the global security agenda. Successive re-interpretations of what sovereignty means for states like Sierra Leone seem to have had profound implications on what kind of coercive capacity the dominant states seek to invest them with, and police reform is at the heart of such efforts. By taking a historical perspective I also try to show how state-building -- often represented as a Cold War phenomenon -- is constrained and facilitated in important ways by earlier colonial state-building.