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Electoral coordination in anglophone Africa

Wahman, Michael (2014) Electoral coordination in anglophone Africa. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 52 (2). pp. 187-211. ISSN 1466-2043

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14662043.2014.892724

Abstract

Electoral coordination has been a primary concern for scholars of African politics, interested in topics such as ethnic conflict mitigation and democratisation, for decades. However, understanding of micro-level electoral coordination in Sub-Saharan Africa is generally still very limited. This study is the first to investigate voter coordination in Sub-Saharan Africa using constituency-level election results. Studying 20 single-member district elections during the period 1990–2010 in five Anglophone African countries (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia) demonstrates that many African elections continue to show low levels of electoral coordination. Using a multi-level regression analysis, the study shows that the most important explanation for low levels of coordination across Africa is high voter volatility. It is argued that insufficient information makes it hard for voters and candidates to act strategically. However, the level of democracy, which has been emphasised in earlier aggregate level research, does not significantly affect the level of coordination.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/fccp20
Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Government
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 13:53
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:23
Projects: VR Dnr 2012–6653
Funders: Swedish Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56673

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