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dc.contributor.authorSchraufnagel, Scoten_US
dc.contributor.authorGowen, Peteren_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-20T20:47:02Z
dc.date.available2018-03-20T20:47:02Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.citationSchraufnagel, Scot. 2014. "A Cross-National Comparison of Voter Turnout in 15 Sub-Saharan African States." Journal of Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa. 2(3): 1-15 (with Peter Gowen).en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://www.rcmss.com/2015/jggsda/A%20Cross-National%20Comparison%20of%20Voter%20Turnout%20in%2015%20Sub-Saharan%20African%20States.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17856
dc.description.abstractThe political fortunes of Sub-Saharan Africa changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years. Since the late 1980s, many countries have held regular multi-party elections. A cross-national examination of voter participation rates, a common starting point for work on democratization, is now possible. This paper represents a first look at the determinants of voter turnout in 15 African states that have witnessed some stability in national elections since 1988. Controlling for several standard explanations of voter turnout, a model is developed to test a colonial legacy thesis, which seeks to understand the influence the former colonizing power has had on contemporary political outcomes. In addition, the research examines the role played by ethnic fractionalization and religious diversity on electoral participation rates. The former is found to associate with less participation and the latter higher voter turnout. Moreover, the research uncovers, on average, voter turnout is higher in former French colonies.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJournal of Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Africaen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2014 Schraufnagelen_US
dc.subjectVoter Turnouten_US
dc.subjectAfricaen_US
dc.subjectDemocratizationen_US
dc.subjectColonial Legacyen_US
dc.subjectEthnic Fractionalizationen_US
dc.subjectReligious Pluralismen_US
dc.titleA Cross-National Comparison of Voter Turnout in 15 Sub-Saharan African Statesen_US
dc.type.genreArticleen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Political Scienceen_US
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