Dr. Charlotte Heyl

Associate


  • Short CV

    • 03/2019 - 04/2021: Speaker of the Research Team “Democratic Institutions”, RP1 “Accountability and Participation”

    • Since 2017: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in the project “The (In)stability of Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America: Assessing the Impact of Tenure-Rule Reforms on the Political Regime”

    • 2015 - 2016: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in the project “The Local Arena of Power Sharing: Patterns of Adaptation or Continued Disorder”

    • 06/2014 - 04/2015: Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen

    • 2011 - 2015: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs in the project "Judicial (In)dependence in New Democracies"

    • 2006 - 2010: Internships at GTZ, Misereor/Ecumenical Network Central Africa and Jumelage Rhénanie-Palatinat-Rwanda (Cooperation Rhineland-Palatinate)

    • Education: PhD at the University of Duisburg-Essen „The Contribution of Constitutional Courts to the Democratic Quality of Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Case Study of Madagascar and Senegal“, Postgraduate Training Programme for Development Cooperation at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/German Development Institute (DIE), M.A. in Political Science, Japanese Studies and Geography at the University of Trier

    Current Research

    • Democratization

    • Political Institutions

    • Constitutional Courts

    • Elections

    Countries and Regions

    • Madagaskar

    • Senegal


    Memberships

    • Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Bertelsmann Stiftung

    Dissertation

    • The Contribution of Constitutional Courts to the Democratic Quality of Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Case Study of Madagascar and Senegal

    Dr. Charlotte Heyl

    Associate


    Democratization | 2022

    Contested, Violated but Persistent: Presidential Term Limits in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa: Introduction to Special Issue

    The term limits of presidents as a crucial institutional feature to safeguard democracy have often been contested by incumbents. The authors of this article argue that bringing together knowledge on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa provides new empirical and theoretical insights.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation"

    Democratization | 2022

    Sequences of Presidential-Term-Limit Reforms: Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa

    In this article the authors take a longitudinal view on presidential-term-limit reforms in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa since the third wave of democratization. Many countries (re)introduced the measure as a democratic safeguard against abuse of power; since then, it has been repeatedly challenged.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation"

    Democratization | Taylor and Francis | 2022

    Special Issue: Contested, Violated but Persistent: Presidential Term Limits in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

    The term limits of presidents as a crucial institutional feature to safeguard democracy have often been contested by incumbents. The authors of this special issue argue that bringing together knowledge on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa provides new empirical and theoretical insights.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation"

    Africa Spectrum | 02/2021

    The Study of Term Limits in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons on Democratisation and Autocratisation

    Studies on term limits in Africa have proliferated over the past two decades. This introduction to the special issue outlines how term limits can be theorised as part of the institutional landscape in authoritarian regimes and how third-term bids can be understood as a tool of autocratisation.

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Research Project | 01/06/2020 - 28/02/2021

    Population Growth and Security in Africa

    As recent projections estimate, population growth will remain a challenge throughout Africa, although growth rates have slowed over recent decades. Africa’s population will continue to grow strongly over the next few decades, especially in sub-regions such as the Sahel. Many observers and practitioners have started to warn that population growth may escalate distributional conflicts and could increase related challenges such as uncontrolled migration.
    FFO, 2020-2021

    Research Project | 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021

    Presidents Who Die Too Soon and Presidents Who Live Too Long. Term Limits and Succession in Presidential and Semi-Presidential Regimes

    This cooperation project researches two important rules defining the presidential mandates, i.e. presidential term limits and succession rules, and their intersection in the presidential regimes of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.
    DAAD/PPP, 2019-2021

    Research Project | 01/08/2017 - 31/07/2021

    The (In)stability of Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America: Assessing the Impact of Tenure-Rule Reforms on the Political Regime

    Many countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa (re-)introduced term limits during the third wave of democratization as a democratic safeguard against personal rule and power abuses. Since then, term limits have been contested by a plethora of reform attempts. In this project, we take a longitudinal view on these sometimes recurrent reforms and analyse their repercussions for institutionalization, democratization and autocratization.
    DFG, 2017-2021

    Bayern 2, radioWelt | Interview | 20/08/2020

    Die Lage nach dem Putschversuch in Mali

    change - Das Magazin der Bertelsmann Stiftung | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 16/01/2020

    Gambia: Demokratie, die Zweite

    Deutsche Welle | Other | 26/11/2018

    Is Africa's democracy dying?

    Organiser | 12/10/2020 - 13/10/2020

    Contested, Violated, but Persistent: Presidential Term Limits in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

    GIGA Event Online event: 12/10/2020 - 13/10/2020 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)


    Speaker | 12/10/2020

    Presidential Term Limit Reform Attempts: A Sequence Analysis

    GIGA Event 12/10/2020

    Panelist | 23/01/2020

    Stopping the President: Why Conflicts Over Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America Are so Explosive

    GIGA Talk GIGA Berlin: 23/01/2020 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Teaching | University of Duisburg-Essen | 2014

    Democracy and democracy promotion in Africa

    University of Duisburg-Essen Duisburg

    Teaching | University of Duisburg-Essen | 2014

    Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies: Conflict Dynamics in Africa

    University of Duisburg-Essen Duisburg

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