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Newspaper Op-Ed | 2018

Mujib dynasty retains control in Bangladesh

Across South Asia political dynasties are generally in decline. The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty of the Indian Congress Party and the Bhutto clan of the Pakistan People's Party are both deteriorating. But...
Inge Amundsen (2018)
East Asia Forum (Canberra, Australia ) 10.08.2018
U4 Issue | 2018

Promoting electoral integrity through aid: Analysis and advice for donors

Despite increased donor spending on electoral integrity, elections in democratising countries often suffer from irregularities, intimidation, and corruption. Based on an analysis of new indicators, we suggest that practitioners should...
Luca J. Uberti , David Jackson (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2018:5)
Commissioned Report | 2018

Midterm Evaluation of NPA-Cambodia Office's Development Programme

This report presents the findings, conclusion and recommendations of a mid-term evaluation of Norwegian People's Aid's (NPA) development programme in Cambodia. The programme support local partners in their efforts to...
Elling N Tjønneland, Pou Sovann (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Unpublished report) pp. 1-44 (Coimmissioned report with limited circulation)
Book | 2018

Manipulating political decentralisation: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats

Can autocrats establish representative subnational governments? And which strategies of manipulation are available if they would like to reduce the uncertainty caused by introducing political decentralisation? In the wake of...
Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2018)
New York: Routledge (Conceptualising Comparative Politics) 176 p.
CMI Brief | 2016

Acting jointly on behalf of women? The cross-party women’s caucus in Malawi

Despite an increase in the number of countries that have adopted women’s caucuses in sub-Saharan Africa, there is still little empirical knowledge about how they operate and under which conditions...
Asiyati Chiweza, Vibeke Wang, Ann Maganga (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 8) 4 p.
Edited Book | 2016

Transitional Justice in Latin America: The Uneven Road from Impunity towards Accountability

This is the first book to comprehensively and systematically trace the trajectory from impunity towards accountability for past human rights violations in the Latin American region. Based on rich historical...
Elin Skaar, Jemima Garcia-Godos, and Cath Collins (2016)
London and New York: Routledge (Transitional Justice Series)
CMI Brief | 2016

The ‘Joyce Banda Effect’: Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in Malawi

In the 2014 elections in Malawi, the incumbent female president Joyce Banda lost the presidency, and the number of women MPs was reduced from 43 to 33. This decline in...
Tiyesere Mercy Chikapa (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 6) 4 p.
CMI Brief | 2016

A Different Yardstick: The Gendered Political Discourse in Malawi

The 2014 election campaign in Malawi focussed on gender rather than facts. In this brief we argue that the campaign showed a strong, conservative, culturally driven bias against Banda and...
Edrinnie Lora-Kayambazinthu, Edith Kalilombe Shame (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 5) 4 p.
Book Chapter | 2016

Women in Politics in Malawi: An Introduction

Introduction chapter to the book: Women in Politics in Malawi
Inge Amundsen, Happy Kayuni (2016)
in Inge Amundsen and Happy Kayuni (eds): Women in Politics in Malawi. Bergen and Zomba: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Department of Political and Admininstrative Studies (PAS) pp. 1-10
Journal Article | 2015

Opposition parties and the decentralisation process in South Africa and Zambia

Theories of democratic decentralisation in democratising states suggest that such reforms will provide significant opportunities for parties in opposition at the national level by multiplying the arenas of political contestation....
Ragnhild Louise Muriaas, Lars Svåsand (2015)
in Commonwealth & Comparative Politics vol. 53 no. 4 pp. 475-496
Book Chapter | 2014

Opposition parties and local governance in contemporary Angola and Mozambique: Mechanisms of exclusion and domination

The weakness of opposition parties in Africa, as well as the endurance of dominant party and presidentialist regimes, has been explained in a variety of ways – ranging from the...
Aslak Jangård Orre (2014)
in Elliott Daniel Green; Johanna Söderström; Emil Uddhammar: Political opposition in Sub-Saharan Africa. London ; New York, NY: Routledge
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2014

Dynastiene dreper demokratiet

Since democratization in the early 1990s, the people of Bangladesh has had the choice between two dynasties: one led by Sheikh Mujib family, the second of Zia family. The Sheikh...
Inge Amundsen (2014)
Bergens Tidende 12.01.2014
Edited Book | 2014

Popular Protest in the New Middle East: Islamism and Post-Islamist Politics

The Arab Spring represents a tectonic shift in Middle East from austere authoritarianism to opening the space for long repressed Islamist movements to seek elected office and political power. Examining...
Are Knudsen and Basem Ezbidi (2014)
I.B. Tauris
CMI Report | 2013

Institutions of checks and balances: The Election Commission of Angola

This report focuses on one particular institution which may mitigate the centralisation of power in Angola and pave the way for political reform and democratisation; the Angolan national electoral commission (the...
Inge Amundsen (2013)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2013:5) 34 p.
Angola Brief | 2013

Controlling elections: The Angolan Election Commission

Over the last few years, Angolan legislation on elections and the Angolan national election commission has been strengthened considerably. In legal terms the Comissão Nacional Eleitoral (CNE) is now an independent commission...
Inge Amundsen (2013)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Angola Brief vol. 3 no. 1) 4 p.
Report in External Series | 2012

Who Rules Nigeria?

Nigeria has experienced military coups, a civil war and very poor economic development, and its population is more impoverished today than at independence. Behind this lies the “oil curse”. The...
Inge Amundsen (2012)
Oslo: NOREF - Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (Report no. Report November 2012) 7 p.
CMI Brief | 2012

The Parliament of Bangladesh. Challenges and Way Forward

In the forty years since independence Bangladesh has rotated between electoral democracy and military rule, and between parliamentary and presidential system of government. The frequent systemic changes have hindered the...
Rounaq Jahan (CPD) (2012)
Dhaka: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) (CPD-CMI Brief no. 1) 6 p.
Report in External Series | 2012

The Parliament of Bangladesh: Representation and Accountability

The constitution of Bangladesh bestows the parliament with supreme powers in making laws and approving budgets. It is given wide-ranging authority to scrutinise the actions of the executive who remains...
Rounaq Jahan and Inge Amundsen (2012)
Dhaka and Bergen: Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) (CPD-CMI Working Paper series CPD-CMI WP 2012:2) 69 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Modernisation narratives and small-scale fisheries in Ghana and Zambia

The desire to modernise African small-scale fisheries has persisted since colonial times. In terms of research into and policy on fisheries, mainstream narratives have depicted fishers and fishing communities as...
Ragnhild Overå (2011)
in Forum for Development Studies vol. 38 no. 3 pp. 321-343
Journal Article | 2011

Appointing Top Officials in a Democratic Indonesia: The Corruption Eradication Commission

Democratisation has brought checks and balances, and new state agencies, to Indonesian politics. Checks and balances and greater responsiveness to the public have also been sought in the appointment processes...
Sofie Arjon Schütte (2011)
in Bulletin of Indonesian Economics Studies vol. 47 no. 3 pp. 355-79