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WP108: The quality of democracy and governance in Africa: New results from Afrobarometer Round 4

Eric Little and Carolyn Logan 1 May 2009 Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Since 1999, the Afrobarometer has conducted more than 105,000 interviews to collect data on the attitudes and behaviors of ordinary Africans in reforming polities and economies across the continent. One of the project’s key goals has been to open a window onto how average citizens understand their political, social and economic milieu. While we have often had a great deal of information on the attitudes and behaviors of African elites, the orientations of the general public towards political and economic change have, to a considerable extent, been unknown, undervalued and ignored.

In Round 4, we have added new questions that examine attitudes toward and assessments of local government and traditional leaders in greater depth, expanded the section on government accountability, and incorporated the new topic of cosmopolitanism and internationalperspectives.

Eric Little
Carolyn Logan

Carolyn is the director of analysis and capacity building at Afrobarometer.