Call For Papers: Elite configurations and political regimes in Africa. CIEA11 - 11th Iberian Conference on African Studies

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Call for Papers
February 12, 2020 to February 24, 2022

CIEA11, 11th Iberian Conference on African Studies

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

2-4 July 2020


Call for papers

Panel 68 - Elite configurations and political regimes in Africa: finding patterns of cohesion and interaction


Although political elites are a key element to understand power and the diversity of political regimes, the studies on these actors in Africa remain overlooked. Moreover, the analytical framework generally applied in the study of African political elites is based mainly on modernization and dependency theories, the neopatrimonial, informal and clientelistic nature of power, and Big man rule, regardless the type of political regime. This panel aims to identify elite configurations in different political regimes (democratic and non-democratic) in Subsaharan Africa, namely who are the current African political elites, the levels of elite cohesion and regime survival, and interactions between elites and elite-citizen interaction. We welcome quantitative and/or qualitative, single case and/or comparative studies, in Portuguese, Spanish and English, that especially address the following topics of discussion: old and new political elites: changes and continuities; elite cohesion and regime stability; the relationship between incumbents and opposition, between central and subnational elites, between political, economic and military elites; the interactions between presidents and governments, as well as the constitution of inner circles inside ruling elites, power-sharing arrangements in unity governments; the longevity of political elites and family dynasties of rulers; the role of political elites in processes of leadership succession. The panel is also open to more methodological contributions, including constraints on the access to secondary data and on data production to the study of political elites in Africa.


Convenor: Ana Lúcia Sá (ISCTE-IUL)

Abstracts should be submitted here, until 24 February 2020

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Ana Lúcia Sá

Assistant Professor and researcher at the ISCTE-IUL