African Studies Seminar: Capitalist development and political institutions in Tanzania: Explaining variation in party cohesion and legislative power

Thursday, 15 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College

The Tanzanian Bunge was long judged one of the weakest parliaments in a region where the legislature is often dismissed as a “sideshow”. Yet between 2005 and 2015, Bunge repeatedly forced then President Jakaya Kikwete to reshuffle his cabinet following corruption probes.

Michaela Collord (University of Oxford)

African Studies Seminar: From rebel movement to political party: UNITA's social engagement in post-war Angola

Thursday, 8 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
St Antony's College, Pavilion Room

The endurance and indeed the growing electoral support manifested by the Angolan opposition party UNITA since its defeat as an armed movement in 2002 defies generally gloomy prognoses both for opposition parties in dominant party systems and for defeated rebel movements that recast themselves as

Justin Pearce (University of Cambridge)

Spies in East Asia

Monday, 5 March, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
Lucina Ho Room (Seminar Room 1)

International History of East Asia Seminar

Amanda Zhang, University of Oxford: ‘Beauty is the Troubled Water That Brings Disasters: the Making of the Seductress Spy in Republican China, 1930-1949.’ 

Amanda Zhang, Miriam Matejova

Unmaking China’s Development: The Function and Credibility of Institutions

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 -
17:00 to 18:30
China Centre Lecture Theatre

Why would the removal of authoritarian institutions in some developing countries lead to sustained socio-economic crisis, while others experience explosive growth despite 'persisting' informal, insecure and rent-seeking institutional arrangements?

Peter Ho


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