21 October 2020

It is impossible to understand Islamic constitutionalism without understanding Islam. It is impossible to understand traditional African constitutionalism without understanding supernatural beliefs there, particularly witchcraft. The speaker would present a model of how witchcraft beliefs are related to political authority in Africa and some evidence based on his ongoing research in the Congo. He will also try to draw some broad conclusions about what factors create differences in the nature of constitutions in different parts of the world and what the consequences of this are for social welfare.

James Robinson
James Robinson | Lecturer
James Robinson is a renowned political scientist and economist and faculty director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. His research focuses on political economy, comparative politics and economic and political development, with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Robinson received his PhD from Yale University, his MA from the University of Warwick, and his BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ruben Enikolopov
Received his PhD in economics from Harvard University. Since 2008 he has been a professor at NES, and since 2013 - a professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra (Spain). One of the leading experts in the field of economic data analysis. The professor's research is published in the top 5 scientific journals in economics according to Scopus.