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Akateeminen vapaus tutkimuskohteena: havaintoja Afrikasta
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit. The Council of Finnish Academies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0582-8849
2023 (Finnish)In: Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, ISSN 2953-9048, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 139-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

News about violations of academic freedom have increased with the erosion of civil liberties and the decline of democratization. However, there is little empirical research on the political effects of academic freedom. There is also no consensus on the exact definition of the term. In this article, the meanings of academic freedom are approached through literature and practical advocacy work, and by presenting the indicator published in 2020 by the Varieties of Democracy database. As an example, we examine research results on the link between academic freedom and democracy in Africa, where the university institution has developed in the midst of rapid political changes. Based on interview material, we will focus on the experiences of scholars in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Research data shows that academic freedom and higher education support democratic development far into the future. That is why they deserve long-term support through development cooperation.

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2023. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 139-159
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Academic freedom, Human rights, Africa
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2857DOI: 10.57048/aasf.130120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2857DiVA, id: diva2:1760953
Available from: 2023-05-31 Created: 2023-05-31 Last updated: 2023-05-31Bibliographically approved

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