Alexander K. D. Frempong Alexander Kaakyire Duku Frempong
University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar (UMAPS)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Ghana
Curriculum Vitae

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Department of Political Science
University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 64
Legon, Ghana

Telephone: 233-244-681516
Fax: 233-21-502388

Academic Profile

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
  • 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, in Progress
  • 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?

Working Papers, Finalized Lecture Notes, Finalized Copyright Notice

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