BP75: A country turning blue?: Political party support and the end of regionalism in Malawi

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Briefing papers
2009
75
Tsoka, Maxton Grant

This bulletin draws on data collected in four Afrobarometer surveys of public attitudes to examine trends in party support in Malawi over the course of the last decade, looking especially at the extent of regionalism in Malawian party politics.  How regionally diverse are the support bases of each of Malawi’s leading political parties?  Can the country’s dominant parties in fact call themselves “national parties” that draw support from throughout the country, or are they instead a mere collection of regional parties that reflect local parochial interests, rather than the nation as a whole?