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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Scholars have long seen traditional cultural values as a significant obstacle to political and economic development in the postcolonial world, especially in Africa and Asia. These values are expected to shape how individuals think, prefer and act, and... Read more
Does the introduction of proportionality in electoral systems help to boost popular evaluations of democracy? This article traces shifts over time in political support, using Afrobarometer data to measure mass satisfaction with democracy and public trust... Read more
Conventional wisdom suggests that, for new democracies to survive, citizens must receive the benefits of socioeconomic development. Yet an emerging literature shows that, following democratic transitions, the delivery of polittical goods such as order,... Read more
Based on a national sample survey conducted in Namibia as part of Afrobarometer Round 2, this report finds that, even though democracy is yet to become consolidated at the attitudinal level, Namibia appears to be a "democracy without democrats.... Read more
This report analyses data from the Afrobarometer Round 2 survey conducted in Malawi in May 2003. The results suggest that there is a high demand for democracy in Malawi, but also that Malawians are being supplied with less democracy than they want. Read more
Over the past three decades, the worldwide spread of democratic regimes has reinvigorated scholarly interest in mass support for democracy. According to broad strands of literature, a popular “commitment to democratic values, and support for a democratic... Read more
Le Bénin est un des premiers pays de l'Afrique subsaharienne à s’être engagé au début des années 1990 dans un processus de démocratisation. Si l’adhésion à la démocratie dans son interprétation libérale est manifeste, le niveau de satisfaction est... Read more
Do men and women in Uganda think differntly about the political transition underway in their country? Read more
Ugandans are divided on the major questions of political transition, according to a survey just released by the Afrobarometer and the International Republican Institute. While Ugandans overall are almost evenly split about the political direction for the... Read more
HIV/AIDS is now tied with crime as the public’s second most frequently mentioned priority problem facing the country. The proportions of South Africans who say they have lost a friend or family member to an AIDS-related illness has doubled over the past... Read more

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