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The purpose of this paper is to analyze, from a purely microeconomic perspective, the impact of decentralization on the quality of the delivery of social services in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
Ethiopians’ views of democratic government: Fear, ignorance, or unique understanding of democracy? Read more
Can digital information and communication technology foster mass political mobilization? Read more
Education in local languages helps make better citizens. Read more
Contrary to theories of democratic governance, voters who receive services are less likely to support the incumbent. Read more
Does living in a democracy teach you to prefer democracy? Read more
Offering voters tangible goods in exchange for their support may not be a good strategy. Read more
WP158: Who’s asking? Interviewer coethnicity effects in African survey data
In face-to-face interviews, responses depend in part on whether interviewer and respondent belong to the same ethnic and racial group. Read more
Where are African countries headed politically? How resilient are Africa’s governments, regimes, and states? What are the characteristics of political risk? This paper is motivated by a desire to discover whether it is possible to identify early-warning... Read more
A large literature examining advanced and consolidating democracies suggests that education increases political participation. However, in electoral authoritarian regimes, educated voters may instead deliberately disengage. Read more