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Supporting the Opposition or the Ruling Party: Stark choices in East Africa
Linnéuniversitetet, Fakultetsnämnden för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, SV.
2011 (engelsk)Inngår i: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, E-ISSN 1743-890X, Vol. 18, nr 5, s. 1168-1192Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Citizens of the three East African countries Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda differmuch in their expressed support for the political opposition and in their trust inthe ruling political institutions of the president, the electoral commission and theruling party. Citizens in Uganda and Kenya have becomemore sceptical towardstheir ruling institutions, while citizens in Tanzania are still very trusting andexpress much stronger deferential values than is the case in the other two countries, eventhough Tanzanians have experienced less of democratic changes.How can this difference be explained, and to what extent is democracy beinginstitutionalized in the three countries? Using Afrobarometer data it is shownthat democratic constitutional values are an important reason for supportingthe opposition in Kenya, but much less so in Uganda and Tanzania. In Kenya,democratic constitutional values are negatively related to support for theruling institutions, while in Tanzania, the same values strengthen support forthe government. A positive evaluation of democratic procedures andgovernment output explains much of the support for the ruling institutions,while a perceived high level of corruption and a low estimation of delivereddemocratic procedures lend support to the opposition. Kenya appears to havereached a more advanced democratic awareness than the other two countries.While some important democratic institutions have taken root in the threecountries, there is still a long way to go before the region has attained stable democracy.

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2011. Vol. 18, nr 5, s. 1168-1192
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democracy, institutions, trust, political opposition, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-14406DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2011.603479Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80053206432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-14406DiVA, id: diva2:443989
Tilgjengelig fra: 2011-09-27 Laget: 2011-09-27 Sist oppdatert: 2017-12-08bibliografisk kontrollert

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