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APSA Workshop

These goods may be public goods such as electricity, education, or healthcare; or they may be club goods such as higher salaries and benefits for trade unionists, or fertilizer subsidies for farmers. Why do governments offer such goods, what kinds of goods do they deliver, and who are the intended or actual beneficiaries? Where ruling parties allocate goods, are they buying or rewarding loyalty; or are they actually responding to demands articulated by voters, their own supporters, or vocal opponents?

Organized by the American Political Science Association (APSA), the seventh annual Africa Workshop met in Maputo, Mozambique from June 30 to July 11, 2014. The event was part of a multi-year initiative to support political science research and teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa through a series of residential academic workshops at African universities and research institutions. The workshop was conducted in English and led by Anne Pitcher (University of Michigan, USA), Rod Alence (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Brian Min (University of Michigan, USA), Carlos Shenga (Higher Institute of Public Administration, Mozambique) and Sylvia Croese (Stellenbosch University, South Africa).

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Africa Workshops program is a major component of APSA’s efforts to support research networks linking US scholars with their colleagues overseas and engage political science communities outside the United States.