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A Cross-National Comparison of Voter Turnout in 15 Sub-Saharan African States

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dc.contributor.author Schraufnagel, Scot en_US
dc.contributor.author Gowen, Peter en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-20T20:47:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-20T20:47:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12
dc.identifier.citation Schraufnagel, 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.other http://www.rcmss.com/2015/jggsda/A%20Cross-National%20Comparison%20of%20Voter%20Turnout%20in%2015%20Sub-Saharan%20African%20States.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17856
dc.description.abstract The 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Good Governance and Sustainable Development in Africa en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2014 Schraufnagel en_US
dc.subject Voter Turnout en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Democratization en_US
dc.subject Colonial Legacy en_US
dc.subject Ethnic Fractionalization en_US
dc.subject Religious Pluralism en_US
dc.title A Cross-National Comparison of Voter Turnout in 15 Sub-Saharan African States en_US
dc.type.genre Article en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.rights.statement In Copyright en_US


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