Democracy and Legislator Training Backgrounds in Africa

  • Matthew Christopher Kolasa (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPresentation


The paper compares trends in educational backgrounds in elected national legislative bodies in Africa. The study collects and codes education/training of legislators across democracies, flawed democracies, and hybrid systems. It identifies how field of training and level of education correlate with the strength of legislatures and democracies. Patterns in the backgrounds of legislators are identified and several possible mechanisms and implications are identified and suggestions for future research are proposed.
Period7 Apr 2021
Event titleInternational Studies Association Annual Convention Las Vegas 2021
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Democracy
  • Governance
  • Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Education
  • Constitutionalism
  • Higher Education
  • Legislatures
  • Comparative Research
  • Capacity