2014 Workshop

2014 APSA Africa Workshop

APSA's 7th annual Africa Workshop will be held from June 30th to July 11th 2014 at the Higher Institute of Public Administration (ISAP) in Maputo, Mozambique. The two-week workshop on “Distributive goods and distributive politics” will be conducted in English and led by Anne Pitcher (University of Michigan, USA), Rod Alence (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Brian Min (University of Michigan, USA), Carlos Shenga (Higher Institute of Public Administration, Mozambique) and Sylvia Croese (Stellenbosch University, South Africa). 

The organizers, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will cover all the costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials) for up to 26 qualified applicants. The deadline for participant applications was March 14. Selected participants will be notified in April.


Workshop Theme
This two-week workshop will focus on the theme of distributive politics — the study of how governments allocate goods and services and how these allocations affect political outcomes. Some questions we will examine are: Why do governments offer such goods? What kinds of goods do they deliver? Do distributive strategies seek to reward supporters or win over opponents? How do such strategies vary with regime type and electoral institutions?

To understand patterns and outcomes of distributive politics, the course will combine discussion of classic and contemporary theoretical and methodological research on goods provision with hands-on statistical training in the use of R, a publicly available statistical package. Fellows will work with a range of datasets and strengthen their ability to analyze the distribution of public and private goods and their political impacts. In addition to the substantive elements of the course, students will have opportunities to share their work and to receive helpful comments on their research projects.

Workshop Fellows
The workshop is targeted at university and college faculty in the social sciences residing in Africa who are in the early stages of their academic careers. APSA welcomes applications from scholars who have completed their Ph.D. as well as those who are working towards completion. Up to four advanced U.S. Ph.D. students will also be accepted. All Workshop Fellows must be actively engaged in a research project in political science or an area of inquiry related to politics. Fellows should be working on a manuscript, paper, book chapter, or article during the workshop that can be developed into an eventual publication. Preference will be given to scholars working on projects related to the theme of the workshop on distributive politics, but this is not required. All instruction will be in English and all participants should command a high level of proficiency in English. In addition, opportunities to converse informally in Portuguese will be available and Portuguese-speaking scholars are encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact Andrew Stinson at africaworkshops@apsanet.org. Please do not contact the workshop leaders directly.