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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics : Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa - Michael Bratton

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Public Opinion, Democracy, and Market Reform in Africa

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Published: 17th June 2005
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Based on the Afrobarometer, a survey research project, this examination of public opinion in sub-Saharan Africa reveals what ordinary Africans think about democracy and market reforms, subjects on which almost nothing is otherwise known. The authors reveal that widespread support for democracy in Africa is shallow and that Africans consequently feel trapped between state and market. Although they are learning about reform through knowledge and experience, it is assumed that few countries are likely to attain full-fledged democratic market status anytime soon.

'As the first comprehensive review of public opinion in sub-Saharan Africa, this book is essential reading for those interested in democracy and development - and will have a dramatic impact on the political economy of reform in Africa and elsewhere.' Foreign Affairs
"This monumental study surveys and analyzes the attitudes of residents of 12 African countries on their support for democratization and economic reform." CHOICE
"This monumental study surveys and analyzes the attitudes of residents of 12 African countries on their support for democratization and economic reform." CHOICE

Introduction
A tale of two presidents
Taking account of adjustments
Setting an agenda
Overview of contents
Framework: Africa's Hybrid Regimes
A decade of political reforms, 1990-2001
Two decades of economic reforms, 1982-2001
Dual transitions: compartibilities and contradictions
Demand, supply, and regime consolidation
Deriving public opinion: studying public opinion in Africa
Competing theories, rival hypotheses
Towards a learning approach
Survey research in Africa
The afrobarometer: an appropriate method?
A quest for comparison
Popular Attitudes to Reform: Attitudes to Democracy
Understanding of democracy
Support for democracy
Rejection of alternative regimes
Satisfaction with democracy
Wide but shallow
The extent of democracy: attitudes to a market economy
The popular development agenda
Between state and market
Awareness of economic reforms
Support for economic reforms
Satisfaction with economic reforms
Economic patience?: economic and political behavior
Living standards
Securing economic livelihoods
Compliance and the law
Varieties of political participation
Defending democracy?
From attitudes to behavior
Competing Explanations: The Structure of Society
Demographic determinants
Varieties of sub-nationalism
The burden of poverty
Structural models: cultural values
Self-identities
Interpersonal trust
An emergent individualism
Cultural models; awareness of public affairs
The spark of education
Exposure to mass media
Cognitive engagement
Political and economic knowledge
The eye of the beholder
Cognitive models: performance evaluations
Evaluating the economy
The corruption of the state?
Assessing regime performance
Grading the government
A representation gap?
Performance models: institutional influences
Associational life
Party identification: political participation
Economic participation
Institutional models
Explaining Reform Constituencies: Modeling Attitudes to Reform
Modeling demand for democracy
Modeling the supply of democracy
Modeling demand for a market economy
Modeling the supply of economic reform
Paths to reform: a learning process: predicting political participation
Voting
Protesting
Communing and contacting
Vote choice
Defending democracy
Political participation: cause or effect?: deciphering regime consolidation
The effects of 'country'
Demand, supply, and regime consolidation (revisited)
The consolidation of African political regimes
The correlates of consolidation
Economic versus political legacies
The study of Africa
Theories of social change
Strategies of development
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ISBN: 9780521602914
ISBN-10: 0521602912
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 17th June 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.75