Bio Data – Karuti Kanyinga

Karuti Kanyinga Research Professor of Development Studies at the Institute for Developent Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi.  He is an accomplished development researcher and scholar with extensive national and international experience. He has published extensively and is renowned for his contributions to scholarship and knowledge in governance and development. Karuti’s research and publications include seminal work on: ethnicity and development; devolution and development; and electoral politics and development. This is in addition to commissioned studies on governance, justice, law and order sector reforms. The publications include:Kanyinga, Karuti (2016). Devolution and New Politics of Development in Kenya. African Studies Review,Vol. 59, No. 3, 155-167. Kanyinga, K. 2014. Kenya: Democracy and Political Participation. A Review by AfriMap, Nairobi: Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, and the Institute for Development Studies, 2014: Kanyinga, K and Okello, D. 2010. Tensions and Reversals in Democratic Transitions: the Kenya 2007 General Elections’.Nairobi: SID/IDS; ‘The Legacy of the White Highlands: land rights, ethnicity, and the post-2007 election violence in Kenya’ In the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 27:3,325-344, 2009; and Kanyinga, K. 2000. Redistribution from above: The Politics of Land Rights and Squatting in Coastal Kenya. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute


The Political Economy of Reforms in Kenya: The Post-2007 Election Violence and a New Constitution

Long J;, Kanyinga K. "The Political Economy of Reforms in Kenya: The Post-2007 Election Violence and a New Constitution." African Studies Review. 2012;55(1):31-51.


This article explores the package of “Agenda item 4” reforms
undertaken by the Kenyan government in the mediation process following
the 2007–8 postelection violence, including those relating to long-standing
issues over constitutional revision. It situates the previous lack of reforms
within Kenya’s political economy and demonstrates how political and economic
interests thwarted progress and produced the postelection crisis.
It also examines the more recent attempts to address reforms following
the signing of the National Accord and the creation of a power-sharing
government, and finds strong public support for constitutional revision.
It concludes that these pressures from below, along with a realignment of political interests and institutional change from power-sharing, helped support


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