Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi

Co-director – Afrobarometer

Director of Governance – Institute of Economic Affairs, Accra

Executive Director – Centre for Democracy and Development

Professor – Department of Political Science, University of Ghana


Selected Works


Democratic Reform in Africa: The Quality of Progress [Academic Literature, Lynne Rienner, 2004] 

As editor

Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa [Academic Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2004] 

Co-authored with Michael Bratton and Robert Mattes

Ghana: The Political Economy of ‘Successful ‘Ethno-Regional Conflict Management [Chapter in Book, Zed Press, 2003] 

In Sunil Bastian and Robin Luckham eds., Can Democracy be Designed?

A Peaceful Political Turnover in Ghana [Journal Article, Journal of Democracy, 2001]

Ghana: The Challenges of Consolidating Democracy [Chapter in Book, Lynne Rienner, 1999] 

In Richard Joseph ed., State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa

The Rebirth of African Liberalism [Journal Article, Journal of Democracy, 1998]

The Politics of Transition in Ghana [Academic Literature, CODESRIA, 1996] 


Ghana Under PNCDC Rule [Academic Literature, CODESRIA, 1993]

E. Gyimah-Boadi is a Professor in the Department of Political Science University of Ghana, and Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Development, a think- tank for research on good governance and democratic development in Ghana and in the West Africa region. In his career, he has directed the Governance Program at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Accra, is a member of the Research Council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment of Democracy (USA), and has served as a consultant on Ghanaian and African democratization and economic reform to the World Bank and USAID, the African Development Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy and Global Coalition for Africa.

He received his BA from the University of Ghana, and his MA and PhD from the University of California (USA) and has taught in several American and African universities, including the University of Swaziland, The American University and the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University, both in Washington, D.C., and the Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA (1990).

He has presented many papers on governance and political economy in fora in Ghana and internationally and has given guest lectures on aspects of African politics at the University of Cape Town, Georgetown University, University of Pittsburgh, Sacramento State University, TransAfrica Forum and US Congress (Washington DC) among others. He has held visiting fellowships at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy, The Salzburg Seminar in Austria and the Summer Institute in Diversity and Democracy, Edge Institute, Cape Town.

His publications on the subject of civil society and African/Ghanaian economic and political development include Associational Life, Civil Society and Democratization in Ghana in John Harbeson, Donald Rothchild and Naomi Chazan eds., Civil Society and the State in Africa (1994); Civil Society in Africa in Journal of Democracy (1996); and Ghana: The Challenges of Consolidating Democracy in Richard Joseph ed. State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa (1999).

He has consulted for the World Bank, USAID, UNDP, the Institute of Economic Affairs (Ghana) and was part of a team of consultants that drafted the Governance Policy for the African Development Bank.

He is currently a member of the Steering Committee developing a framework for international civic education for democracy of CIVITAS, and a founding member of two organisations, the Afrobarometer Network, which carries out qualitative research that tracks governance and economic reforms and quality of life in fifteen African countries, and the Center for Democracy and Development.

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