Alexander Stroh

Crafting Political Institutions in Africa. Electoral Systems and Systems of Government in Rwanda and Zambia Compared

GIGA Working Paper, No. 43, March 2007

Abstract
Scholars of institutional design attribute large importance to the choice of new institutions. The comparative analysis of how Rwanda and Zambia crafted their new electoral systems and the systems of government regards procedural, structural and rational choice variables which may influence the option for particular solutions. External influences and the type of transition are determinants that can decide which actors make their interests prevail. The degree of innovation or conservatism of new institutions is mainly a result of the speed of the process and the kind of actors involved. However, rational reflections on how to produce legitimacy and minimize personal risks which take into consideration the state of conflict in the country decide on the speed and on innovative outcomes. The structured analysis of only two cases uncovers already that it is rather difficult to realise the transfer of design recommendations into reality.

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Stroh ist Juniorprofessor für die Politik Afrikas und Entwicklungspolitik an der Universität Bayreuth und mit dem GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien assoziiert.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Christian von Soest / Alexander Stroh

Comparisons across World Regions: Managing Conceptual, Methodological, and Practical Challenges

in: Ariel I. Ahram / Patrick Köllner / Rudra Sil (eds.), Comparative Area Studies: Methodological Rationales and Cross-Regional Applications, New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, 66-84

Mariana Llanos / Charlotte Heyl / Viola Lucas / Alexander Stroh / Cordula Tibi Weber

Ousted from the Bench? Judicial Departures in Consolidating Democracies

GIGA Working Paper, No. 300, April 2017

Mariana Llanos / Cordula Tibi Weber / Charlotte Heyl / Alexander Stroh

Informal interference in the judiciary in new democracies: a comparison of six African and Latin American cases

Democratization, 23, 2016, 7, 1236-1253

Alexander Stroh / Charlotte Heyl

Institutional Diffusion, Strategic Insurance and the Creation of West African Constitutional Courts

Comparative Politics, 47, 2015, 2, 169-187