Alexander Kaakyire Duku Frempong holds B.A. (Hons) and M. Phil degrees in Political Science from the University of Ghana.
He was appointed a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the same University in May 2000, where he had served as Teaching Assistant since August 1997. Before then, he had, as a professional teacher, taught for 21 years in several elementary and secondary schools in Ghana and Sierra Leone. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in July 2006.
His main research interests in the field of Political Science are Conflict and Conflict Management, Elections and Democracy, and Human Rights. He has regional expertise in these topics in West Africa, including Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. He has been teaching many undergraduate courses including Conflict in African States, Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice, Regionalism and Ethnicity in Ghanaian Politics, and Human Rights in Africa.
He is a member of the African Social Research Initiative (ASRI), and a collaborator on the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) research project.
In addition, he has served as a Guest Lecturer on ECOWAS' Peace Support Operations at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) and Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) since 2000 and 2003 respectively. From 2005-2008, he was an Adjunct Lecturer in African Conflicts at the Ashesi University, an Accra-based private University
He has a number of research-based awards/fellowships to his credit. He was a Researcher (Chieftaincy and Politics) on Ford Foundation-sponsored Chieftaincy Governance and Development Project of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana (2000-2003). In 2002, he was a Fellow of the African Youth Program of the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC) researched on NGOs and the Integration of Ex-Child Soldiers in Liberia. He spent the 2004-2005 academic year at the Tufts University, Boston, as an Exchange Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was a member of the 2003 CODESRIA’s National Working Group (NWG) that studied One Decade of Constitutional Rule in Ghana and the 2005 CODESRIA’s Multinational Working Group (MWG) on Citizenship and Identity in Africa. He was also a co-Researcher in the Department of Political Science's 2000 and 2004 National Elections and 2002 District Elections projects. He was as well part of the four-man team that in 2005-2006 researched on Local Context of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Ghana, sponsored by the Consortium of Development Partnerships (CDP), North Western University. In 2006, he was Team Leader for the study of "Democracy and Political Participation in Ghana" by the OSIWA-sponsored Africa Governance Monitoring Project (AfriMAP). He has also researched for African Security Dialogue and Research (ASDR), an Accra-based NGO focused on issues of national and regional security; and on Regional Integration in West Africa for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES-Ghana). In 2009 he became one of the ten pioneer fellows of the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program and spent six months at Ann Arbor, writing a book on Electoral Politics in Ghana in the context of Post-Cold War Elections in Africa, soon to be published.
He has attended and presented several papers in Ghana and across the globe - Finland, Netherlands, USA, Costa Rica, Colombia, India, South Africa, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal and Mali. His publications (journal articles and book chapters) cover Democracy, and Human Rights in Traditional Africa, Conflicts in West Africa; ECOWAS; the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM); and, constitutionalism, ethnicity, national, district and constituency electoral studies in Ghana.
His on-going research focuses on Electoral Politics in Ghana and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Liberia.
Books, in Progress
Working Papers, in Progress
- Elections and Democracy in Post-Cold War Africa: Lessons from Ghana's Fourth Republic.
Can a flawed 'founding' election lead to electoral and democratic progress? Are four 'successful' elections and two turnovers a sufficient test for democratic consolidation? The book finds answers to both questions from the Ghanaian experience in the broader of electoral politics in post-Cold war Africa.
Working Papers, Finalized
- Ghana's Election 2008: The Historical Context.
How far did Ghana's history of elections impact on the stunning outcome of Election 2008 and what lessons can be drawn for the future?
- Incumbent Party Succession: The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Ghana's Election 2008.
Choosing a party successor to an outgoing president may be the Achilles heel of any incumbent party and that to a large extent explains the NPP's stunning defeat in 2008.
- Ghana's 2008 Presidential Runoff: The Dynamics and the Lessons.
Like in 2000, self-inflicted wounds (like party disunity and overconfidence) together with external economic shocks denied the incumbent party (NPP) a first round victory and an eventual presidential runoff defeat in 2008. What are the lessons for the future?
- Ghana's Election 2008: The Ethno-Regional Dynamics.
Ethno-regional voting patterns in Ghana have had the moderating impact of ensuring electoral turnovers as amply illustrated by Election 2008, but the Asante-Ewe (Ashanti-Volta) rivalries persist.
- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Electoral Politics in Ghana.
While the NDC has set a number of electoral precedents in Ghana, it still grapples with freeing itself from the firm grips of its founder.
- Electoral Defeat in Ghana's Fourth Republic: An Analysis.
The dynamics of electoral politics in Ghana since 1992 confirms the thesis that electoral losers are as important as winners in maintaining the stability of a political system.
- Reflections on Bye Elections in the Fourth Republic of Ghana,
To what extent has the notion of bye elections as a litmus test for national elections played out in Ghana’s Fourth Republic?
Lecture Notes, Finalized
- The Executive and State Institutions as Primary Actors in Articulating Ghana's Integration Policies in West Africa: Challenges and the Way Forward. To be published as a book chapter in Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES-Ghana) project on Regional Integration (2009).
- Playing the Second Fiddle: Reflections on Running Mate Selection and the Vice Presidency in the Fourth Republic of Ghana. Presented at: "Elections, Democracy, and Development Under the Fourth Republic," Annual Colloquium, Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ghana, May 2008.
- Innovations in Electoral Politics in Ghana's Fourth Republic: An Analysis Presented at: APISA-CLASCO-CODESRIA International Workshop on Democratic Innovation in the South, San Jose, Costa Rica, March 5-7, 2007. Later published in final form as "Innovations in Electoral Politics in Ghana's Fourth Republic: An Analysis" (2008) in Ciska, Raventos, ed. Democratic Innovation in the South: Participation and Representation in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Buenos Aires: CLASCO Books, pp. 189-210.
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Liberian Civil War. Two Hundred Years after the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade: Issues and Perspectives.
- Constitution-Making and Constitutional Rule in Ghana. Presented at Ghana at Fifty: Government, Politics and Development, Golden Jubilee Colloquium, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, March 1-2, 2007.
- The Politics of Conflict and Consensus in Ghana's Decade of Constitutional Rule (1993-2003). Later published in final form as "Political Conflict and Elite Consensus in the Liberal State," (2007) in Kwame Baofo-Arthur, ed. Ghana: One Decade of the Liberal State, London/Dakar: Zed/CODESRIA Books, pp. 129-164.
- Dilemmas of Parliamentary Incumbency in Ghana's Fourth Republic: The 2004 Electoral Contest in the Nkawkaw Constituency. Later published in final form as "Ghana's 2004 Elections in the Nkawkaw Constituency and the Dilemma of Incumbency," Ghana Social Science Journal, Vols. 3&4, June/December 2006/2007, pp. 33-45.
- Dilemmas of Post-Conflict Elections: An Analysis of Liberia's 1997 and 2005 Elections. Presented at the Nordic Africa Institute Conference on Post-Conflict Elections in West Africa: Challenges for Democracy and Reconstruction, Accra, Ghana, May 15-17 2006.
- Ethnicity, Democracy and Ghana's Election 2004. Later published in final form as "Ethnicity, Democracy and Ghana's Election 2004" in Kwame Boafo-Arthur, ed. (2006) Voting for Democracy in Ghana: The 2004 Elections in Perspective, Vol. 1, Accra: Freedom Publications, pp. 157-186.
- The Politics of Election 2004 in the Nkawkaw and Afram Plains South Constituencies: Continuity or Change? Later published in final form as "The Politics of Election 2004 in the Nkawkaw and Afram Plains South Constituencies: Continuity or Change?" in Kwame Boafo-Arthur ed. (2006) Voting for Democracy in Ghana: The 2004 Elections in Perspective, Vol. 2, Accra: Freedom Publications, pp. 207-230.
- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Thirty Years On. Presented at the Millenium Report on ECOWAS, Seminar on Actors in Global Governance, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachussetts, United States. Later published in final form as "The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): The Search for Peace and Democratic Governance," in the Legon Journal of International Affairs (LEJIA), Vol. 3, No. 1, May 2006, pp. 20-38.
- The Settler Factor in the Electoral Politics of Ghana's Fourth Republic: A Study of Five Constituencies in Ashanti and Eastern Regions. Project Report for CODESRIA's Multinational Working Group On Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa, 2005-2006.
- The Internal and Regional Dynamics of the Cycle of War and Peace in Guinea-Bissau. Presented at the CODESRIA International Colloquium, Lusophonie In Africa: History, Democracy and Integration, Luanda, Angola, April 28-30, 2005.
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone: An Analysis. Presented at the Seminar on Transitional Justice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachussetts, United States, Spring 2005.
- Nepad's African Peer Review Mechanism and African Political Economy. Presented at the Seminar on African Political Economy, Department of Political Science, Tufts University, Medford, Massachussetts, United States, Spring 2005.
- The Vicissitudes of Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Liberia (1997-2004). Presented at the Universidad Externado African Studies Second International Symposium on Peace Processes in Africa: An Experience for Columbia, Bogota, Colombia, November 8-9, 2004.
- Trajectories of Sub-Regional Conflict Management: An Assessment of ECOWAS. Presented at CODESRIA's 30th Anniversary Celebrations, Grand Conference, Dakar, Senegal, December 8-11, 2003.
- Restoring Childhood to Youthful War Veterans: NGOs and the Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in Liberia. Social Science Research Council (SSRC) African Youth Program 2002 Fellowship, Project Report.
- Conflict and Reconstruction in Africa: The Case of Liberia. Presented at the 10th CODESRIA General Assembly, Nile International Conference Centre, Kampala, Uganda, December 8-12, 2002.
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