Publications

Welcome to the Afrobarometer publications section. For short, topical analyses, try our briefing papers (for survey rounds 1-5) and dispatches (starting with Round 6). For longer, more technical analyses of policy issues, check our policy papers. Our working papers are full-length analytical pieces developed for publication in academic journals or books. You can also search the entire publications database by keyword(s), language, country, and/or author.

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The autocratic trust bias: Surveys in less democratic countries show self-censorship on sensitive questions. Read more
AD168: Amid declining trust in IEC, Batswana skeptical of electronic voting but favour other reforms
As Botswana approaches 2019 elections that will determine President Ian Khama’s successor and challenge the half-century rule of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) a bill requiring the use of electronic voting machines has sparked increasing controversy... Read more
Majority of Africans say corruption increased, believe ordinary people can make a difference. Read more
WP171: Do electoral handouts affect voting behavior?
Evidence from five African countries shows little to no effect on voter turnout or vote shares. Read more
What role do media freedom and election management autonomy play? Read more
Access to justice for all citizens has long been recognized as a cornerstone of democracy, good governance, and effective and equitable development. Read more
Five Southern African countries have democracies dominated by parties that emerged from liberation movements and have governed since independence: Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Read more
Struggling medical systems confront governments and citizens with difficult choices: Needed investment in the medical sector must compete with other priorities, and increasing health spending by cutting other programs may not be a popular or even... Read more
Afrobarometer surveys in 36 African countries offer some encouraging news: Most Africans feel at least “somewhat free” to join any political group they want. But only 21 of 36 countries have majorities who feel “completely free,” and some countries have... Read more
PP36: Do Africans still want democracy?
Democratic consolidation in Africa: recent setbacks, long-term gains. Read more

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