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Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa

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ISBN-10: 0521841917

ISBN-13: 9780521841917

Edition: 2004

Authors: Michael Bratton, Robert Mattes, E. Gyimah-Boadi, Robert H. Bates, Ellen Comisso

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Based on the Afrobarometer, a survey research project, this examination of public opinion in sub-Saharan Africa reveals what ordinary Africans think about democracy and market reforms, subjects on which almost nothing is otherwise known. The authors reveal that widespread support for democracy in Africa is shallow and that Africans consequently feel trapped between state and market. Although they are learning about reform through knowledge and experience, it is assumed that few countries are likely to attain full-fledged democratic market status anytime soon.
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Book details

List price: $95.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/27/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

E. Gyimah-Boadi is the Executive Director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a think tank focusing on good governance in Africa, which co-organized the Conference on Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa. He is also the Executive Director of the Afrobarometer and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Gyimah- Boadi has served as a consultant on Ghanaian and African democratization and economic reform with the World Bank, the UNDP, USAID, the African Development Bank and the Global Coalition for Africa.

A tale of two presidents
Taking account of adjustments
Setting an agenda
Overview of contents
Framework: Africa's Hybrid Regimes
A decade of political reforms, 1990-2001
Two decades of economic reforms, 1982-2001
Dual transitions: compartibilities and contradictions
Demand, supply, and regime consolidation
Deriving public opinion: studying public opinion in Africa
Competing theories, rival hypotheses
Towards a learning approach
Survey research in Africa
The afrobarometer: an appropriate method?
A quest for comparison
Popular Attitudes to Reform: Attitudes to Democracy
Understanding of democracy
Support for democracy
Rejection of alternative regimes
Satisfaction with democracy
Wide but shallow
The extent of democracy: attitudes to a market economy
The popular development agenda
Between state and market
Awareness of economic reforms
Support for economic reforms
Satisfaction with economic reforms
Economic patience?: economic and political behavior
Living standards
Securing economic livelihoods
Compliance and the law
Varieties of political participation
Defending democracy?
From attitudes to behavior
Competing Explanations: The Structure of Society
Demographic determinants
Varieties of sub-nationalism
The burden of poverty
Structural models: cultural values
Interpersonal trust
An emergent individualism
Cultural models; awareness of public affairs
The spark of education
Exposure to mass media
Cognitive engagement
Political and economic knowledge
The eye of the beholder
Cognitive models: performance evaluations
Evaluating the economy
The corruption of the state?
Assessing regime performance
Grading the government
A representation gap?
Performance models: institutional influences
Associational life
Party identification: political participation
Economic participation
Institutional models
Explaining Reform Constituencies: Modeling Attitudes to Reform
Modeling demand for democracy
Modeling the supply of democracy
Modeling demand for a market economy
Modeling the supply of economic reform
Paths to reform: a learning process: predicting political participation
Communing and contacting
Vote choice
Defending democracy
Political participation: cause or effect?: deciphering regime consolidation
The effects of 'country'
Demand, supply, and regime consolidation (revisited)
The consolidation of African political regimes
The correlates of consolidation
Economic versus political legacies
The study of Africa
Theories of social change
Strategies of development