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May 11, From Power Politics to Popular Power: A conference honoring the contributions of Dr. Michael Bratton

May 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

From Democratic Experiment in Africa (1997), his seminal work with Nicolas van de Walle, to Power Politics in Zimbabwe (2015), and through 20 years of studying public opinion as co-founder and former director of the Afrobarometer, Dr. Michael Bratton’s scholarship has profoundly shaped the study of regime transitions and the struggle for democracy. This conference will take stock of the uneven transitions and shifting balances between elite power politics and the struggle for accountability and popular power in Africa, themes that have served as the bookends of Dr. Bratton’s influential career.

Presenters include:
Leonardo  Arriola, University of California, Berkeley
Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham
Boniface Dulani, Afrobarometer and University of Cape Town
Karen Ferree, University of California, San Diego
E. Gyimah-Boadi, Afrobarometer and Center for Democratic Development, Accra
Nicholas Kerr, University of Alabama
Richard Klein, National Democratic Institute
Danielle Kushner, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Adrienne LeBas, American University
Eldred Masunungure, Mass Public Opinion Institute and University of Zimbabwe
Lauren M. MacLean, Indiana University
Robert Mattes, Afrobarometer and University of Strathclyde
Daniel Posner, University of California Los Angeles
Nicolas van de Walle, Cornell University
Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University

Reception to follow: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Broad Art Museum, MSU

Sponsored by: College of Social Science, MSU; Department of Political Science, MSU; African Studies Center, MSU; Afrobarometer

Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz, Michigan State University
Carolyn Logan, Michigan State University

Click here for the Conference Flyer


May 11, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


303 International Center