[Belonging・Position] Overseas Research Fellow(Berkeley, California, USA)
[Research Field] Tanzanian politics, comparative politics, development studies
[email] Machiko_Tsubura E-mail
Profile Information (Research history, education, papers & publications)
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Previous research

My research interests are in the areas of democracy, electoral and party politics, and governance in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Tanzania. In my PhD thesis (2014), I examined the shifting nature of accountability and clientelism in dominant party politics in Tanzania through an analysis of the 2009 introduction of a Constituency Development Fund, a mechanism that channels a specific portion of the government budget to the constituencies of members of parliament in order to finance local development projects.

Current research projects

My current research themes are as follows: 1) presidential candidate selection and management of factionalism in the dominant ruling parties in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania, from a comparative perspective; 2) the influence of Ujamaa (Swahili for “familyhood”), a socialist ideology, on contemporary Tanzanian politics by applying the political settlement approach; and 3) the constitutional review process and party politics in Tanzania.