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Marsela Dauti is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Government. She holds a PhD and MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and MA from the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University. Before joining the Department of Government, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Tirana and the University of New York in Tirana.
Nyckelord: participatory development government responsiveness political empowerment of women evidence-based policymaking global social work political social work mixed methods and interdisciplinary research
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My research focuses on democratization processes in post-authoritarian regimes, addressing questions concerning government responsiveness, citizens’ engagement in decision making, and women’s political empowerment. My current research project, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, examines the impact of gender quotas on local decision making. I combine natural language processing with qualitative and quantitative analysis to investigate whether and how gender quotas affect democratic accountability and service responsiveness in local councils. I have published articles in the British Journal of Social Work, Global Social Welfare, Social Development Issues, Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, East European Politics and Societies, International Social Work, and Community Development Journal. I have served as a consultant for several development agencies (e.g., UNDP, UN Women, and NDI). I am keen on supporting policymakers, development practitioners, and human rights activists to integrate evidence in their work, and strengthen the impact of the social work profession on policymaking processes.
Dauti, M. (2019). Do community scorecards enhance the responsiveness of government officials? Evidence from the implementation of a development project in Albania. Social Development Issues, 41(1), 1-14.
Bejko, E., & Dauti, M. (2018). The politics of evidence-based policymaking in Albania: Implications for human rights advocates. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 4(1), 83-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41134-018-0074-3
Dauti, M. (2017). Women’s decision-making power in the local councils of Albania: Do numbers make a difference? Global Social Welfare, 5(4), 253-263. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40609-017-0105-5
Dauti, M. (2017). The impact of decentralization on participation in formal organizations in Albania: Lessons for community-based interventions. International Social Work, 60(6), 1523-1536. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872817695392
Dauti, M. (2016). Contesting corruption: How the poor demand accountability and responsiveness from government officials. British Journal of Social Work, 47(2), 561-578. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw019
Dauti, M., & Gjermeni, E. (2015). Mapping women’s representation in the local councils of Albania. In S. P. Ramet & C. M. Hassenstab (Eds.), Gender (in)equality and gender politics in Southeastern Europe: A question of justice (pp. 213-228). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dauti, M. (2014). Can participatory governance enhance public services in a transitional democracy? Lessons from Albania. Social Development Issues, 36(2), 65-77.
Dauti, M. (2014). Outcomes of participatory decision-making: Evidence from Albania. East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 29(1), 226-247. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888325414536260
Dauti, M. (2014). Decentralization on the ground: Challenges and opportunities for social work practitioners in post-communist Albania. Community Development Journal, 50(1), 10-23. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsu001
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