Governance, Institutional Quality And Elections: Prospects And Challenges For Inclusive Democratic Statebuilding In Liberia
A Press Release Issued By Liberia Studies Association
Liberia goes to national election (presidential and legislative) October, the third election since the country marked an end to its second civil war in 2003. Since the end of the second civil war, the country has been seized with a development agenda focused on rebuilding institutions that foster trust, reconciliation, inclusion, and social cohesion. Despite some significant gains, Liberia still faces major cultural, economic, security and other challenges due to a widespread feeling of exclusion from and distrust in the current state building process, suggesting a state building process that is laden with polarized identities and competing perceptions of governance among the population. In addition, the performance of its major institutions continues to exude weaknesses and ineffectiveness in delivering on the promises of its development agenda. This situation has implications for the country’s ability to sustain a state building agenda that is inclusive and resilient in the wake of and beyond the 2017 election.
The Liberian Studies Association (LSA), the largest body of scholars working on Liberia, invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables related to theme and subthemes of its 49th Annual Meeting scheduled to take place at Ramapo College of New Jersey from March 30th – April 2nd, 2017. Theoretical and empirical papers, action research and case studies on the above theme and
subthemes using a range of scholarly approaches including qualitative, quantitative and critical methods with data‐driven conclusions are welcomed. Subthemes:
· CORRUPTION, TERRORISM AND POVERTY AS IMPEDIMENTS TO STATEBUILDING.
· EDUCATION AND DEMOCRATIC STATEBUILDING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.
· EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE AND RESISTANCE TO DICTATORSHIPS: LESSONS FROM HISTORY.
· FOREIGN INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
· GENDER EQUITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION.
· GLOBALIZATION, INCOME INEQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA.
· INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN WEST AFRIECA.
· IMPACTS OF HEALTH SYSTEMS ON DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS: LESSONS FROM THE EBOLA CRISES IN THE MRU.
· NATIONAL IMMAGES AND UNITY IS POST‐WAR STATEBUILDING.
· US FOREIGN POLICY AND DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA.
The proposal must include the name, title, and institutional or organizational affiliation and full contact details of the person or persons submitting the abstract. All proposals should be no longer than 300 words, contain five key words, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. All abstracts will be sent to the LSA Abstract Committee for final approval. The deadline for submission is March 12, 2017.
The Liberian Studies Association (LSA) publishes the LSA Journal. Its editors will attend the conference and will consider excellent papers presented at the 49th annual conference for publication in the next edition of LSA Journal.
In order to plan appropriately for catering, pre‐registration is mandatory. Those who register will be prioritized in catering services. Anyone who does not will be allowed on site registration but will have to seek alternative arrangements for dinning services.
Deadline: March 12, 2017