African Studies Centre

Coalitional Presidentialism Project

Overview

The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.

Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.

Prof. David Pratten

David Pratten
Associate Professor in Social Anthropology of Africa

I joined the African Studies Centre in 2005-06. I am a social anthropologist and my post is a joint appointment with the Institute of Social Anthropology. I studied at Oxford, Manchester and SOAS, and previously taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.

Dr Gregory Deacon

Dr Gregory Deacon
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I have been working in the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies since September 2011 as British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I am also a Junior Research Fellow of St. Antony’s College. Currently, the explosion of new Protestant churches is arguably the most significant social phenomenon in Africa, and religious groups were already the most frequent form of associational life within difficult and contested democratic and civil society spaces on the continent.

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