Since the 1990s, most African countries have started their democratization processes by organizing competitive elections and granting voting rights to their citizens living abroad. To shed light on this neglected topic, we invite papers from the various disciplines of the social sciences.
Since the 1990s, most African countries have started their democratization processes by organizing competitive multi-party elections. They have also granted external voting rights to their citizens living abroad. According to a report published in 2007 by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), twenty-eight African countries such as Algeria, Kenya, Senegal or Rwanda now have external voting. These external elections provide insights into some of the strengths and weaknesses of the electoral process and of migrants' political transnational practices. Yet, the scholarship on this topic is almost non-existent (1). In order to shed light on the "globalization" of African elections, we invite qualitative as well as quantitative research papers from the various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities (anthropology, economy, history, law, literature, political science, sociology…) which reflect on all aspects of the African migrants' political participation in the electoral processes of their origin countries. Possible topics may include: 1. Electoral behavior of African migrants ; 2. Electoral campaigns in receiving countries ; 3. Relationships between African parties and their chapters in host countries ; 4. Transfers of norms and practices between sending and receiving countries ; 5. Influence of migrants' electoral mobilization on their families left behind… (1) The co-convenors of this panel are involved in a research project entitled "The Political Economy Consequences of International Migration for Origin Countries. Senegalese and Malian Case Studies" that is funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and designed to examine the globalization of Senegalese elections.