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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Insights into the underpinnings of democracy in selected African countries. Read more
Almost two years after Ghana's first-ever peaceful transfer of power between political parties in the December 2002 elections, this national study of public opinion seeks to assess political and economic conditions in the country. Read more
Summary of results from the Round 3 survey in Uganda (2005). Read more
Summary of results from the Round 3 survey in Lesotho (2005). Read more
WP27: Insiders and outsiders: Varying perceptions of democracy and governance in Uganda
The results of a second Afrobarometer survey in Uganda, conducted in August-September 2002, reveal that Ugandans continue to display a considerable degree of satisfaction with both their political and economic systems. Read more
Structural theories predict that the cues of social identity, particularly ethnicity, should exert a strong influence upon voting choices and party support in developing societies which are characterized by low levels of education and minimal access to... Read more
WP25: Democracy, market reform, and social peace in Cape Verde
Among both scholars and visitors, Cape Verde is typically labeled an African exception. Since independence, the island nation has had no wars; its levels of corruption and urban violence are low by African standards; and power has alternated between two... Read more
WP24: Democratic governance in South Africa: The people's view
Eight years into South Africa's experiment with inclusive democracy, we look to the views of ordinary citizens -the ultimate consumers of what democratic governments supply- for perhaps the most conclusive assessment of the quality of democratic... Read more
Africans live in a globalized world. But are they aware of the United Nations and other international organizations? If so, how do they evaluate the performance of these organizations? Read more
Africans value freedom of speech. In Afrobarometer surveys in a dozen African countries, people say that democracy requires that citizens are able to criticize the performance of governments. It seems reasonable to suppose that the liberty of... Read more

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