People: Research Faculty
Mai Hassan’s research focuses on authoritarian and hybrid regimes, the state, land and violence, and ethnic politics with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project is evolving and explores how authoritarian leaders vary management of the state sub-nationally to best meet electoral challenges to their rule after the introduction of multi-party elections. It does this through an in-depth look at Kenya’s democratization process since the beginning of multi-party elections in 1992. The manuscript shows how international pressure to reform state institutions (often times through calls to decentralize power and engage in public sector reform) can actually hamper democratization.
Hassan, M. (2020). Regime Threats and State Solutions: Bureaucratic Loyalty and Embeddedness in Kenya (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108858960
2016. A State of Change: District Creation in Kenya after the Beginning of Multi-party Elections, Political Research Quarterly
2016. The Strategic Shuffle: Ethnic Geography, the Internal Security Apparatus, and Elections in Kenya. Forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science
2015. Continuity Despite Change: Kenya’s New Constitution and Un-Changing Executive Power. Forthcoming, Democratization