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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Corruption is a growing concern in South Africa. Cases of alleged corruption of government officials are detailed in the news media on a regular basis, and include allegations targeted at the highest levels of government.The Afrobarometer survey has been... Read more
This briefing paper provides an analytical view of the process of implementing the new constitution promulgated in 2010 and the subsequent impact it has had on the processes of democracy, governance and constitutionalism in the country. The analysis is... Read more
Who are the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA)? Together with party membership figures and election results, there is one additional reliable measure—party identification. Read more
This briefing paper provides an analysis of popular perspectives on economic trends and performance of the Kenyan economy based on the results of the Round 5 survey of Afrobarometer. The paper further provides a comparative examination of these results... Read more
Freedom of expression is a human right and bedrock for development. However, experience differs across the globe with some countries censoring what is communicated to the general public and totally gagging citizens. This experience is gradually being... Read more
Across twelve countries in 2012, some 79 percent of Afrobarometer respondents say that, “democracy is preferable to any other form of government”. Read more
In May 2012, a display of art entitled “Hail to the Thief II” caused a national controversy because of a single element hung on a separate wall. This was a pastiche of a well-known image of Lenin with the face of the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. Read more
BP103: Voting intentions in Zimbabwe: A margin of terror?
Intermittently over the past decade, researchers have taken the political pulse of the general public in Zimbabwe. Public opinion surveys provide information on what ordinary citizens are thinking about the issues of the day. Among the most anticipated... Read more
On March 7, 2012 tens of thousands of demonstrators in 32 towns and cities across South Africa marched in protest over new tolls on roads. From the “rolling mass action” of the 1980s to the service delivery demonstrations of the 1990s and 2000s, South... Read more
BP101: Public perceptions of Uganda's economy: In crisis?
After many years of crisis in the 1970s and 1980s, reforms to the Ugandan economy ensured that it gained a reputation for slow but steady growth, macroeconomic stability, and sound economic fundamentals. Since 2000 Uganda’s per capita GDP growth has... Read more

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