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Ragnhild Louise Muriaas

Professor, Deputy Dean (Research)
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Ragnhild Louise Muriaas is a political scientist within the sub-field of comparative politics and democratization and Principal Investigator of the FRIPRO project Money Money Talks - Gendered Electoral Financing in Democratic and Democratizing States (Norwegian Research Council). She is the Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the leader of the board at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen. She employs a mixed-methods approach to study aspects related to political representation, gender inequalities and democratic insitutions. 

The Money Talks: Women and Elections in Malawi film, can be freely downloaded, and you can read an interview about the making of the short film here.   

Professor Muriaas is the editor of Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Perspective (2020) - with Vibeke Wang and Rainbow Murray. Women are under-represented in almost every legislature worldwide and politics is easier to get into if you have a wealthy background. The different chapters in the book examines the effectiveness of financial incentive mechanisms to increase women’s representation in politics. They conclude that money, both as a barrier to women’s inclusion and as a potential lever for boosting their presence, is an area that requires greater consideration both from scholars and political actors. You can read a blog post on the challenge that the book addresses at the webpages of UCL The Constitution Unit

Professor Muriaas has also written the book Manipulating Political Decentralization: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats (2018) - with Lovise Aalen. In this book they ask why and under what cirumstances autocrats are likely to establish representative subnational governments, and identifies different strategies for how subnational elections can be manipulated. You can read a short presentation of the book at the blog post at Democracy in Africa. 

The article Why the Gender of Traditional Authorities Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Rights Advocacy in Malawi (with Vibeke Wang, Lindsay Benstead, Boniface Dulani og Lise Rakner), published in Comparative Political Studies, shows in a survey exeperiment when and why the gender and type of authority matters for support for a gender policy reform (prohibition of child marriages). A short introduction to this article is featured in Washington Post, Monkey Cage

 

Autumn 2016:

EUR 101 Introduction to European history and politics

Spring 2016:

SAMPOL 327 The Politics of Gender: Citizenship, Representation and Development

Autumn 2015:

SAMPOL 100 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Spring 2015:

SAMPOL321 Political Parties in Post-Conflict States

Books:

Ragnhild L. Muriaas, Vibeke Wang and Rainbow Murray (eds) (2019). Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Perspective. Routledge.  

Lovise Aalen and Ragnhild Muriaas (2018). Manipulating Political Decentralization: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats. Routledge.

Hilde Danielsen, Kari Jegerstedt, Ragnhild L. Muriaas and Brita Ytre-Arne (eds) (2016). Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation, Palgrave Macmillian.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2011. Afrikanske utfordringer: En innføring i afrikansk politikk [African Challenges: An Introduction to African Politics]. Høyskoleforlaget.


Articles:

Amanda L. Robinson, Amanda Clayton, Martha Johnsen and Ragnhild L. Muriaas (online 2019). (How) Do Voters Discriminate Against Women Candidates? Experimental and Qualitative Evidence from Malawi. Comparative Political Studies.  

Vibeke Wang and Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2019). Candidate selection and informal soft quotas for women: gender imbalance in political recruitment in Zambia. Politics, Groups, and Identitites, 7(2): 401-411. 

Muriaas, Ragnhild L., Vibeke Wang, Lindsay Benstead, Boniface Dulani and Lise Rakner (2019). 'Why the Gender of Traditional Authorities Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Rights Advocacy in Malawi?' Comparative Political Studies, 52(12): 1881-1924.

Cappelen, Cornelius and Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2018). Polish labour migrants and undeclared work in Norway. Scandinavian Political Studies, 41 (2): 167-187.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L., Liv Tønnessen and Vibeke Wang (2018). Counter-mobilization against child marriage reform in Africa. Political Studies, 66 (4): 851–868.

Aalen, Lovise and Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2017) Power Calculations and Political Decentralization in African Post-Conflict States, International Political Science Review, 38 (1), 56-69. 

Muriaas, Ragnhild, Lise Rakner and Ingvild Aagedal Skage (2016) Political Capital of Ruling Parties after Regime Change: Contrasting Successful Insurgencies to Peaceful Pro-democracy Movements, Civil Wars, 18 (2): 175-191

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. and Lars Svaasand (2015) Opposition Parties and the Decentralization Process in South Africa and Zambia. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 53 (4).

Kayuni, Happy and Ragnhild L. Muriaas. 2014. ‘Alternatives to gender quotas: electoral financing of women candidates in Malawi’, Representation, 50 (3): 393-404.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L, Liv Tønnessen and Vibeke Wang. 2013. 'Exploring the Relationship between Democratization and Quota Policies in Africa', Women Studies International Forum, 41: 89-93.

Muriaas, Ragnhild and Happy Kayuni. 2013. 'The Reversed Contagion Effect: Explaining The Unevenness of Women’s Representation across South African Municipalities', Women's Studies International Forum, 41: 150-9.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2013. 'Party Affiliation in New Democracies: Local reactions to the split of the ruling party in Malawi', African Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 7 (4): 190-9.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. and Vibeke Wang. 2012. Executive dominance and the politics of quota representation in Uganda, Journal of Modern African Studies, 50 (2): 309-38.

Mpesi, Andrew M, and Ragnhild L. Muriaas. 2012. 'Food security as a political issue: the 2009 elections in Malawi', Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 30 (3): 377-93.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2011. ‘ANC & Power Concentration in South Africa: does local democracy allow for power-sharing?’ Special Issue on Opposition in Africa, Democratization, 18 (5), 1067-86.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2011. ‘Traditional institutions and dencentralization: A typology of co-existence in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Forum for Development Studies, March, 38 (1), 87-107.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2009. ‘Local Perspectives on the 'neutrality' of traditional authorities in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda’, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 47 (1), 28-51.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2009. ‘Reintroducing a Local-Level Multiparty System in Uganda: Why be in opposition?Government and Opposition, 44 (1), 91-112.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2009. ‘ANC og maktkonsentrasjon i Sør-Afrika: Åpner lokaldemokratiet for maktdeling?’, Politica, 41 (3), 283-99.
 

Chapters in books:

Muriaas, Ragnhild, Vibeke Wang and Rainbow Murray (2019). Introduction: Introducing the Concept of Gendered Electoral Financing, pp. 1-24. In Muriaas, Wang and Murray (eds.) Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Politics. New York: Routledge.

Borges, Aleida, Ragnhild Muriaas and Vibeke Wang (2019). Cabo Verde: Legislated Candidates Quotas with Reward for Compliance in Cabo Verde: Victory for no one? pp. 74-92. In Muriaas, Wang and Murray (eds.) Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Politics. New York: Routledge.

Muriaas, Ragnhild and Amy G. Mazur (2019). Conclusion: Does Money Talk? An initial Comparative Analysis, pp. 154-174. In Muriaas, Wang and Murray (eds) Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Politics. New York: Routledge.

Hilde Danielsen, Kari Jegerstedt, Ragnhild L. Muriaas and Brita Ytre-Arne (2016). ‘Introduction’. In Hilde Danielsen et al. (eds) Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation, Palgrave Macmillian.

Ragnhild L. Muriaas, Liv Tønnesen and Vibeke Wang (2016). Substantive Representation: From Timing to Framing of Family Law Reform in Morocco, South Africa and Uganda. In Hilde Danielsen et al. (eds) Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation, Palgrave Macmillian.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2015. 'The Quality and Stability of Subnational Elections in Africa: A Methodological and Conceptual Tool', ch. 5. In Anthony Spanakos and Francisco Panizza (eds.) Conceptualizing Comparative Politics, New York, NY: Routledge.

Hussein, Mustafa K. and Ragnhild L. Muriaas. 2013. 'Traditional Authorities' in Nandini Patel and Lars Svåsand (eds) Government and Politics in Malawi, second edition. Lilongwe, Malawi: Capital Printing Press.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2013. 'The ANC and power concentration in South Africa: does local democracy allow for power-sharing?' pp. 12-31. In Emil Uddhammer, Elliott Green and Johanna Söderström (eds.) Political Opposition and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, New York, NY: Routledge. (reprint).

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2005. 'Dilemmas Connected to Recognising Customary Law and Courts in South Africa' in Lone Lindholt and Sten Schaumburg-Müller (eds.) Human Rights and Local/living law in Human Rights in Development, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishing.

 

Book Reviews

Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2019). The political over-representation of the rich in the USA. European Political Science, online first. 

Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2013). 'Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique: Rethinking Gender in Africa' by Signe Arnfred, Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, January, 88-92.

 

Working Papers:

Lindsay J. Benstead, Ragnhild L. Muriaas, and Vibeke Wang (2018). 'When Do Donor Endorsements Help or Hurt? Policy Advocacy and Men’s Interests in Malawi'. Working Paper, No.16, The program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). Yale and University of Gothenburg.

Ragnhild Muriaas, Vibeke Wang, LIndsay J. Benstead, Boniface Dulani and Lise Rakner (2017). 'It Takes a female Chief: Gender and Effective Politicy Advocacy in Malawi', Working Paper, No.11, The program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). Yale and University of Gothenburg.

 

Reports:

The Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Malawi: Selected FIndings on Gender (2017). Report prepared by Lindsay Benstead, Boniface Dulani, Ragnhild L. MUriaas, Lise Rakner and Vibeke Wang. GLD report. The program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). Yale and University of Gothenburg.

Dissertations:

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2008. Affection and Defection: Local Perspectives on the Pull Towards the Government Party in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda, PhD Dissertation, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

Muriaas, Ragnhild L. 2002. Two Bulls in a Kraal - Recognising cultural difference in post-Apartheid South Africa, hovedfagsoppgave (M.Phil. Thesis), Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.
 

  • Borges, Aleida; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2020. Legislated Candidates Quotas with Reward for Compliance in Cabo Verde: Victory for no one? 18 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Murray, Rainbow. 2020. Introduction: Introducing the Concept of Gendered Electoral Financing. 24 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Murray, Rainbow. 2020. Gendered Electoral Financing: Money, Power and Representation in Comparative Perspective. Routledge.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Mazur, Amy G. 2020. Conclusion: Does Money Talk? An initial Comparative Analysis. 20 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2019. The political over-representation of the rich in the USA. European Political Science.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Murray, Rainbow; Wang, Vibeke. 2019. Levelling the playing field: gendered electoral financing of women candidates -The Constitution Unit Blog.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2019. Internasjonalt fokus på de viktigste politiske begivenheter i 2018. .
  • Clayton, Amanda; Robinson, Amanda Lea; Johnson, Martha; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2019. EGAP Brief 62: Evaluating Discrimination Against Women Candidates in Malawi.
  • Wang, Vibeke; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2019. Candidate selection and informal soft quotas for women: gender imbalance in political recruitment in Zambia. Politics, Groups, and Identities. 401-411.
  • Clayton, Amanda; Robinson, Amanda Lea; Johnson, Martha; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2019. (How) Do Voters Discriminate Against Women Candidates? Experimental and Qualitative Evidence From Malawi . Comparative Political Studies. 1-30.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise. 2018. Why the Gender of Traditional Authorities Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Rights Advocacy in Malawi. Comparative Political Studies. 1-44.
  • Aalen, Lovise; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Why some African Autocrats love Political Decentralization. Democracy in Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise. 2018. Why campaigns to stop child marriage can backfire. The Washington Post.
  • Wang, Vibeke; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise. 2018. Traditional Authority, Gender and Political Engagement in Malawi.
  • Bauer, Gretchen; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2018. Time and Money in Women's Political Recruitment in Cape Verde and Ghana.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Representasjon av unge på Stortinget.
  • Cappelen, Cornelius; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Polish Labour Migrants and Undeclared Work in Norway. Scandinavian Political Studies. 167-187.
  • Aalen, Lovise; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Manipulating Political Decentralization: Africa's Inclusive Autocrats.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Likestilling og økonomisk utvikling.
  • Chiweza, Asiyati Lorraine; Kayuni, Happy M.; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. Gender, Party Primaries, and the Cost of Elections in Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. En av verdens yngste nasjonalforsamlinger.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Belschner, Jana Birke. 2018. Democracy, gender equality, and economic development.
  • Benstead, Lindsay; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2018. DO DONOR ENDORSEMENTS HELP OR HURT? USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2018. Counter-Mobilization against Child Marriage Reform in Africa. Political Studies. 851-868.
  • Oseland, Stina Ellevseth; Tvinnereim, Endre; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2018. CET Klimasnakk: Flykvoter - er det realistisk og hva må til? Live- innspilling av podcast 13.11.18 med stortingsrepresentant Ketil Kjenseth.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. kvinner, politikk og samfunn i Norge.
  • Benstead, Lindsay; Wang, Vibeke; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. When Do Donor Endorsements Help or Hurt? A Survey Experiment on Quotas and Land Reform in Malawi .
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Benstead, Lindsay. 2017. When Do Donor Endorsements Help or Hurt? A Survey Experiment on Quotas and Land Reform in Malawi.
  • Wang, Vibeke; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Peters, Yvette. 2017. Unpacking the Effect of Candidate Selection on Adopting Gender Quotas: Resisting Change in Zambia .
  • Bauer, Gretchen; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2017. The Personal Costs Of Campaigning: Electoral Systems And Public Funding In Ghana And Cape Verde .
  • Bauer, Gretchen; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2017. The Personal Costs Of Campaiging: Electoral Systems And Public Funding In Ghana And Cape Verde .
  • Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke. 2017. The Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI) in Malawi: Selected Findings on Gender. .
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. Sultkatastrofe i Afrika.
  • Aalen, Lovise; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. Power calculations and political decentralisation in African post-conflict states. International Political Science Review. 56-69.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2017. Mobilisering mot barneekteskapsreform i Afrika - Blogg Sakutuelt.
  • Clayton, Amanda; Johnson, Martha; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Robinson, Amanda Lea. 2017. How Voters Evaluate Candidate Gender: Experimental Evidence from Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. GENDERED ELECTORAL FINANCING IN DEMOCRATIC AND DEMOCRATIZING STATES (Key note).
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. Finance for Women in Politics.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Peters, Yvette. 2017. Extending Gender Quotas to Social Institutions: Survey Experiments of Representatives and Citizens in Norway.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2017. Difor har me tre kvinner på topp i regjeringa, medan USA aldri har hatt ein kvinneleg president.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Why tradition is distinct from religion: Explaining variation in counter-mobilization against child marriage reform in Africa.
  • Benstead, Lindsay; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Why does the impact of western donor endorsements depend on the type of women's rights? Experimental evidence from Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Rakner, Lise; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface. 2016. Using traditional leaders to end child marriage: Evidence from a survey experiment in Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Benstead, Lindsay; Dulani, Boniface; Rakner, Lise; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Using traditional leaders to end child marriage: Evidence from a survey experiment in Malawi.
  • Skage, Ingvild Aagedal. 2016. The urban poor as citizens and clients. Enacting political agency through political parties and social movements in Kenya and Zambia.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Substantive Representation: From Timing to Framing of Family Law Reform in Morocco, South Africa and Uganda. 25 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2016. Spent før dagens valg i Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Redefining the Traditional and Religious State: Framing Child Marriage Reform in Sudan and Zambia.
  • Wang, Vibeke; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2016. Pynt og prakt, men mest makt.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Skage, Ingvild Aagedal. 2016. Political capital of ruling parties after regime change: contrasting successful insurgencies to peaceful pro-democracy movements. Civil Wars. 175-191.
  • Nowiak, Wojciech; Narożna, Dominika; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2016. Nordic model of aiding dysfunctional families in childcare. An analysis of the perception of the situation of Poles and their families in Norway / Nordycki model wspierania rodzin niewydolnych w opiece nad dzieckiem. Analiza sytuacji Polaków oraz ich rodzin w Norewgii. Research Papers of Wroclaw University of Economics. 116-133.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Kayuni, Happy M. 2016. Money Talks: Gendered Electoral Financing in Malawi .
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke; Kayuni, Happy M. 2016. Money Talks: Gender Electoral Financing in Malawi and Zambia.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2016. Hvis kvinner styrte verden – Du verden!
  • Danielsen, Hilde; Jegerstedt, Kari; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Ytre-Arne, Brita. 2016. Gendered Citizenship: The Politics of Representation. 1-14.
  • Danielsen, Hilde; Jegerstedt, Kari; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Ytre-Arne, Brita. 2016. Gendered Citizenship and the Politics of Representation. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2016. Dette blir de viktigste sakene i 2016.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2016. Bistand til kvinnebevegelser i Afrika virker. Bistandsaktuelt.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2015. The Quality And Stability Of Subnational Elections In Africa: A Methodological and Conceptual Tool. 22 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2015. Redefining the Traditional and Religious State: Framing Child Marriage Reform in Sudan and Zambia.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Aalen, Lovise. 2015. Power calculations and territorial politics in African post-conflict states: The effects of winning.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2015. Opposition parties and the decentralisation process in South Africa and Zambia. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 475-496.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2015. Opposition Parties and the Decentralization Process in South Africa and Zambia.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2015. Intervju om Nigerias utfordringer i forbindelse med et 'Frokost med Frank' arrangement.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2015. Hvorfor jobber noen arbeidsinnvandrere svart?
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2015. Hvem er Boko Haram?
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Aarebrot, Frank. 2015. Frokost med Frank: Nigerias utfordringer.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Rakner, Lise; Skage, Ingvild Aagedal. 2015. Explaining Variation in Government Parties’ Willingness to Build Party Organization in Africa.
  • Kayuni, Happy M.; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2015. Alternatives to Gender Quotas: Electoral Financing of Women Candidates In Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2014. Nelson Mandela 24 år i frihet.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2014. Methodological and Conceptual Tools for Comparing Subnational Elections: Applied on nine Democraticing States in Africa.
  • Kayuni, Happy M.; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2014. Alternatives to gender quotas : electoral financing of women candidates in Malawi. Representation. 393-404.
  • Tønnessen, Liv; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Å være sin mann lydig. Bergens Tidende.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Aalen, Lovise. 2013. Variation in Party Mobilization through Decentralization in Africa: The Legacy of Regime Transitions.
  • Hussein, Mustafa; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Traditional Authorities.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Happy, Kayuni. 2013. The reversed contagion effect: Explaining the unevenness of women's representation across South African municipalities. Women's Studies: International Forum. 150-159.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. The ANC and power concentration in South Africa: does local democracy allow for power-sharing? 19 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Signe Arnfred: Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique - Rethinking Gender in Africa. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. 92-96.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Party affiliation in new democracies: Local reactions to the split of the ruling party in Malawi. African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. 190-199.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Svåsand, Lars G. 2013. Party Adaptions to Municipal Elections in Post-transitional Regimes: Exploring Democratic Decentralization in Zambia and South Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Ikonet Mandela. Bergens Tidende.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Kayuni, Happy M. 2013. Gatekeepers under Pressure: Women's Representation and Party Competition in Malawi and the Western Cape Municipalities in South Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Tønnessen, Liv; Wang, Vibeke. 2013. Exploring the relationship between democratization and quota policies in Africa. Women's Studies: International Forum. 89-93.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Kayuni, Happy M. 2013. Alternatives to gender quotas? The public funding of women candidates experiment in the 2009 Malawian elections in comparison.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2013. Afrika: Kvoter gjev kvinneeksplosjon.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2013. Africa's women rise on quota.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Studying Moving Targets: Advices for Collecting Data for Multiple Case Studies in Hybrid Regimes.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Kayuni, Happy M. 2012. Reaching SADC's 50-50 target on women's representation: Fast track South Africa compared with the incremental track in Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Nigeria: En stormakt på leirføtter.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Lik rett til jord er fortsatt en fjern drøm. Bergens Tidende.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Land Policies in South Africa: Before, under and after Mandela.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Institutionalizing Local Elections in Eastern and Southern Africa: Stability, Participation, Competition and Legitimacy.
  • Mpesi, Andrew Mabvuto; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Food security as a political issue: the 2009 elections in Malawi. Journal of Contemporary African Studies. 377-393.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2012. Executive dominance and the politics of quota representation in Uganda. The Journal of Modern African Studies. 309-338.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Orre, Aslak Jangård; Aalen, Lovise. 2012. Consolidating dominance: decentralisation in Africa revisited.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2012. Avdekker Sør-Afrikas bakside.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Zuma i maktstrid med unge radikale.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Traditional Institutions and Decentralisation: A Typology of Co-Existence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Forum for Development Studies. 87-107.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Tilfellet Malawi. Hubro. Magasin for Universitetet i Bergen. 56-57.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. The ANC and power concentration in South Africa: does local democracy allow for power-sharing? Democratization. 1067-1086.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Slik er Zumas stormakt.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Wang, Vibeke. 2011. Legislating identity representation in Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Fredspris til Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf og Leymah Gbowee.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Afrikanske/Latinamerikanske/Globale utfordringer.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Afrikanske utfordringer - En innføring i afrikansk politikk, -boksalong.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2011. Afrikanske utfordringer - En innføring i afrikansk politikk. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2010. Malawi - et kort innblikk i kultur og politikk.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Mpesi, Andrew. 2010. Food security in Malawi: Understanding the landslide victory of the incumbent in the 2009 presidential election.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2010. Afrika: Feltarbeid - evaluering og innhenting av informasjon.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. ”Utfordringer knyttet til realiseringen av demokratiske ideer og institusjoner md vekt på Afrika”.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. The strength of presidential parties in local elections: A comparative analysis of Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Strategier for informasjonsinnsamling i en annen kulturell kontekst.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Reintroducing a Local-Level Multiparty System in Uganda: Why Be in Opposition? Government and Opposition. 91-112.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Politikk og kultur i Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Party Affiliation in New Democracies: Reactions to the split of the ruling party in Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise; Orre, Aslak Jangård; Aalen, Lovise. 2009. Organisator av Panel 4 Concentration of power in South Africa: Is local democracy the road to power-sharing?
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Local democracy and political opposition in South Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Local Perspectives on the 'neutrality' of traditional authorities in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 28-51.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Forskningsetikk: Redelighet og den frie tanke.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Fjorten år som ompalompa.
  • Lindén, Tord Skogedal; Folkestad, Bjarte; Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Eliteintervju.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. Bruk av observasjon som metode i Statsvitenskap.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2009. ANC og maktkonsentrasjon i Sør-Afrika: Åpner lokaldemokratiet for maktdeling? Politica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab. 283-299.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Ålesunder med doktorgrad om demokratisering i Afrika.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Popular representation in Africa: The politics of expectations.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Local democracy and political opposition in South Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Is Democratic Decentralisation more likely to succeed in Dominant Party Systems? Comparing the cases of Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Democratic Decentralisation and the Pull towards the Government Party.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Afrika: Feltarbeid – evaluering og innhenting av informasjon.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2008. Affection and Defection: Local Perspectives on the Pull Towards the Government Party in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Why local democracy failed in Malawi: Notes from a field study.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Strategier for informasjonsinnsamling i annen kulturell kontekst.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Staying loyal to the party or the president? Party institutionalisation at local level in Malawi.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Re-introducing Multiparty system at the Local Level in Uganda: Why be in opposition?
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Observasjon og Observasjon i praksis.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Hvorfor velge UiB som arbeidsplass? Stipendiattilværelsen ved UiB.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Feltarbeidet og etikk.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Experience from a Fieldwork in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Det Kvalitative Intervju: Eksempel fra forskning på Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Det Kvalitative Intervju: Eksempel fra forskning på Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2007. Chiefs in Malawi: Substituting Local Democracy, Accommodating National Politics.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2006. Variations in perceptions of popular representation at local level in Malawi, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2006. Utfordringer knyttet til Feltarbeid.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2005. Dilemmas Connected to Recognising Customary Law and Courts in South Africa. 15 pages.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2005. Chiefs in Local Democracy: Framework for Analysing Local Governance in East and Southern Africa.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2004. Det sivile samfunn og demokratiutvikling i Afrika.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2004. Decentralisation and the political force of traditional authorities.
  • Muriaas, Ragnhild Louise. 2002. Two Bulls in a Kraal - Recognising cultural difference in post-Apartheid South Africa.

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EDUCATION

2008 Ph.D, Departmenet of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

2002 Cand. Polit. Degree. Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

1996 Cand. Mag. Degree. Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen.

 

POSITIONS

2015 Associate Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway.

2013 -  Associate Professor,Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

2010 Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California (Berkeley).

2009 - 2013 Post-doctor,Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

2005-2006 Visiting scholar, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2005 Visiting scholar, Political Science and Public Administration, Makerere University, Uganda.

2004 Visiting PhD-student, The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. 

2004 - 2008 PhD Student, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

2002 - 2004 University lecturer, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen.

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Money Talks: Gendered Electoral Financing in Democratic and Democratizing States.

Ragnhild L. Muriaas (Project leader). Research project financed by FRIHUMSAM, the Research Council of Norway (2016-2020).

Money is assumingly one of the greatest barriers to women in the political recruitment process. Particularly in candidate-centered electoral system where candidates compete twice: first in the primaries, and then, if they are successful, in elections at the state or national level. The financial disadvantage of women is expected to constitute an obstacle for women´s entry into politics everywhere and especially in developing countries where women´s socio-economic status is disproportionately low relative to men. This line of reasoning has caused a global upswing in financial schemes targeting women candidates, although the scholarship on women´s representation has not followed suit. MoneyTalks represents a new research frontier by putting the effects of gendered electoral finaincing on the agenda. The project analyzes on how such schemes - separate from or in conjunction with gender quotas, interact with electoral processes and institutions that tend to be gendered across regions. Key cases are Cape Verde, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. 

 

Engineering gender equality: The effects of aid to women’s political representation in Malawi, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.
Liv Tønnessen (project leader). Research project financed by NORDGLOBAL, the Research Council of Norway (2013-2017). Ragnhild Louise Muriaas is principal investigator. 

In the last decades the international community has placed women's political participation on the agenda.  One of the key motivators behind this focus on women's political participation has been the assumption that there is a causal relationship between women's numerical representation on the one hand, and the substantive and symbolic representation of women on the other. This project focuses on questions related to women's representation in four African cases that have been key recipients of gendered aid the last decade (Malawi, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia). Muriaas main focus in this project has been studying reforms within the area of ending early marriages among key political agents in Zambia and Malawi, as well as, conducting survey experiments on the endorsement effects within reforms on early marriage, gender quotas and land reform in Malawi. The survey is conducted in collaboration with The Progamme of Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg (GLD), se http://gld.gu.se/malawi.html


Labor migration and the moral sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state.

Stein Kuhnle (project leader). Research project funded by VAM, the Research Council of Norway (2013-2017).

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