One of the clearest findings of empirical political science is that the prospects for sustaining democratic government in a poor society are far lower than in a relatively wealthy one. Precisely why poverty undermines democracy, however, has been much less clear. In order to answer this question, we use data from seven 1999-2000 Afrobarometer surveys in Southern Africa to develop measures of poverty and well being, as well as its possible consequences both in terms of day-to-day survival, and political attitudes and behaviour.
WP37: Marginalisation in Southern Africa: Transformation from below?
AD202: Views of Namibia’s economy darken sharply; youth more likely to consider emigration
AD319: Apesar das liberdades, os Cabo-Verdianos estão insatisfeitos com a democracia na pioria do desempenho econômico