Dr Rahmane Idrissa, GLF 2009-11


“During my time in the Global Leaders programme I discovered new and better ways in which to integrate my various research experiences and interests, and bring them to bear to produce practical knowledge.”

Dr Abdourahmane Idrissa currently teaches international cooperation at the University of Niamey and runs a research and training program at a social sciences reserch center there. His research focuses on the political economy of democratization, political Islam and the problems of the integration processes in the West African region. He has recently published, with Samuel Decalo, a completely new edition of The Historical Dictionary of Niger.

Dr Idrissa obtained his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2003. His doctorate examines the relations between the francophone elite in Niger and other social groups (including the West African Muslim community) and their alternative visions of political and social order – and the way alternative notions of legitimacy and social order have gathered force in the context of democratizing efforts within a much-weakened state.


Select Publications

“Gouvernementalité et Islam : ‘Corrigeons notre société’. ” In Actes du Colloque Etat moderne et Islam au Niger, FSEJ, Niamey, 2007

“Modèle islamique et modèle occidental: le conflit des élites au Niger.” In L’Islam politique au Sud du Sahara : identités, discours et enjeux. Paris : Karthala, 2005

“Une sociologie possible de la légitimité politique dans le Sahel”. In Horizons Maghrébins. Toulouse : Le Mirail, 2005

“Repetitive Breakdowns and a Decade of Experimentation: Institutional Choices and Unstable Democracy in Niger.” With Leonardo Villalón, in The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions.Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

“The Tribulations of a Successful Transition: Institutional Dynamics and Elite Rivalry in Mali.” With Leonardo Villalón, in The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

 “Translations Transnations Transgression.” Temple University magazine Chain, 10: Translucinación, October 2003. Multilingual literary work co-authored with Kiran Jayaram, Karen Ohnesorge and Isadora Del Vecchio.

Sahel Ouest-Est, Août 1999. Travelogue. University of Kansas French Department magazine Chimères, Spring 2003.

Le Républicain, February 7th 2002: “Le droit des peuples de M. Rawls”, p.2. Review of Rawls’ Law of Peoples


Workshop on the politics of economic policymaking in African countries
The Politics of Islam in the Sahel
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