Breakfast for Democracy

Understanding the Backlash against Democracy in Africa, Breaking BAD studies the history and development of key legal and political rights, and combine this knowledge with collecting new data on elite behaviour in the same countries today. This will give us a better understanding of the composition, causes and consequences of the backlash against the democracy. We will also map and analyse the responses to this backlash, both from domestic and international actors. The project will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to develop robust theories and analysis based on both within- and between-country comparisons.

The aim of the project is not only to increase our understanding of processes of democratization and autocratization, but also to produce policy-relevant output to decision-makers both within and outside the countries in question. 


Breakfasts for Democracy (#bffDemocracy) is a seminar series organized by the research project ‘Breaking BAD: Understanding the Backlash Against Democracy in Africa’ in cooperation with Bergen Global. In the series, we discuss current events in world politics in light of research on processes of democratization and autocratization. Breaking BAD is a joint University of Bergen and CMI research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.