The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. It is co-led by Brian Dillon (Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), and Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science, UCLA).
The call for papers and research designs is for the WGAPE Spring National Meeting, to be held June 5-6, 2017 at the University of California Berkeley
Sessions are built around in-depth discussions of papers that are circulated and expected to be read in advance (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings). Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion. WGAPE is more a forum for presenting work in progress than polished, finished projects and provides an unparalleled opportunity for useful feedback.
Paper submissions and research designs must reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on core issues within the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, and corruption and local governance. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply and choice of papers will be based on both paper submissions and extended abstracts. Papers should be at a stage where commentary would be useful; polished, finished papers that would not benefit from feedback are discouraged for submission. Research designs are often in the style of pre-analysis plans, a useful tool to describe the study design, outline hypotheses, specify variable construction, and pre-specify the analysis of data.
- Papers and Research Designs must be uploaded to https://cega.submittable.com/submit/77446/wgape-2017-annual-meeting-uc-berkeley by 11:59pm PT on March 24, 2017.
- Successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2017 and will be invited to attend the full symposium. WGAPE will cover the cost of economy travel, accommodation and dining (capped).
For further information, please contact Corinne Cooper at email@example.com. Non-presenters who do not require accommodation or travel funding are welcome to attend the meeting as space permits. We ask that you please email with your name, institution, and days you would like to attend and we will confirm whether or not we can accommodate.
PLEASE NOTE: For the 2017 WGAPE Annual Meeting, a select subgroup of participants from Africa-based institutions will be invited to spend one week at UC Berkeley, to participate in WGAPE, an orientation and training workshop, and the Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) hosted by UC Berkeley and the World Bank on June 1-2. This opporunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy who either a) currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere. Acceptance to attend the special sessions DOES NOT guarantee acceptance of a paper/RD for the 2017 WGAPE Annual Meeting. More information on that opportunity can be found here.
Date and Time
Jun 5, 2017 — Jun 6, 2017
University of California Berkeley
East African Social Science Translation (EASST), William and Flora Hewlett Foundation