Electoral participation in African democracies: the impact of individual and contextual factors

Tambe, Elvis Bisong (2017) Electoral participation in African democracies: the impact of individual and contextual factors. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 55 (2). pp. 119-140. ISSN 1466-2043

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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how electoral participation at the individual level is affected by various political and sociological factors in new democracies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Relying on Afrobarometer (Round 5) data, the study examines the determinants of voting for over 12,000 voting aged individuals in eight countries. Findings confirm the importance of individual characteristics such as age, associational networks, discussing politics, party identification, religiosity, trust and satisfaction with democracy in predicting turnout at the individual level. But more importantly, the addition of contextual factors significantly improves the individual-level model predicting vote choice in these democracies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Electoral participation, voting, sub-Saharan Africa, individual and contextual factors
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia
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Depositing User: Elvis Bisong Tambe
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 15:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66805

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