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David Leonard

Visiting Fellow

Formerly Dean of International and Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Leonard has spent his career, dating back to 1963, working on governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa. He has lived for over a dozen years in four African countries and done short-term work in another 17.

His graduate teaching and supervision of doctoral candidates (of which he has had over 60) have covered governance issues in the whole of the developing world. The theme underlying most of his work has been methods of improving the delivery of public services in the rural areas of Africa, both directly through managerial and policy reform and indirectly through partnerships with private actors. He has contributed to organisation theory, the New Institutional Economics, and comparative politics and administration.

Languages

French (working knowledge), Swahili (basic)

Google Scholar
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Research

Project

Elections and the Role of the International Community

This DFID-funded project gathered evidence from DR Congo, Kenya, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to improve the understanding of senior international policy makers and practitioners on how best to provide support before, during and after elections in contexts seeking to establish legitimate governments.

Publications

Publication

Preface

IDS Bulletin Vol. 45 Nos. 5

1 September 2014

David Leonard’s recent work

Cluster

Governance

The Governance research cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Taxation Understanding how taxation affects the quality of governance has implications for social justice,...