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Rural Democracy: Elections and Development in Africa

Robin Harding

Abstract

How have African rulers responded to the introduction of democratic electoral competition? Despite the broadly negative picture painted by the prevailing focus on electoral fraud, clientelism, and ethnic conflict, Rural Democracy argues that the full story is somewhat more promising. While these unfortunate practices may be widespread, African rulers also seek to win votes through the provision and distribution of public goods and services. The central argument in Rural Democracy is that in predominantly rural countries the introduction of competitive elections leads governments to implement p ... More

Keywords: Keywords Africa, democracy, elections, accountability, development, rural, urbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851073.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Harding, author
Associate Professor of Government, University of Oxford