GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Research Seminar on "Creeping Authoritarianism through Democratization" by Sidney Leclercq (ULB-REPI)

Tuesday 12 January 2016 , 12:00 - 14:00

Challenging a literature often claiming the lack or weak appropriation of a democratic machinery and rule oflaw, this communication will argue that some governments of Sub-Saharan post-conflict States are, on the contrary,widely appropriating the codes, instruments and language of international democratization processes. Nevertheless,these are subverted to increase the government’s power, weaken its critics (local and international) and build a regimecloser to authoritarianism. Within a theoretical framework of international political sociology and with the help ofconcepts such as subjectivation (Foucault) and polemology of the weak (De Certeau), this research will explore the dynamicsof the localization of international norms in conflict and post-conflict settings. The case of Burundi will be specificallyanalysed, with developments in three areas of democratization: transitional justice, party system and civil society.Registration required


IEE-ULB (Kant Room)
39, Avenue F.D. Roosevelt
B-1050 Brussels