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dc.contributor.authorResnick, Danielleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-04en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T13:15:58Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T13:15:58Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-9230-370-9en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/54007-
dc.description.abstractElectoral coalitions are becoming increasingly popular among opposition parties in Africa because they offer many advantages with respect to reducing party fragmentation and increasing incumbent turnovers. At the same time, however, they are often comprised of parties that are defined predominantly by their leaders' personalities and exhibit little differentiation in terms of their policy orientation. Based on a dataset spanning all opposition coalitions since 2000 in Africa's electoral democracies, this paper demonstrates not only that coalitions rarely defeat incumbents but also that they are only competitive when major opposition parties are involved. More significantly, the paper highlights that in many countries, a sizeable share of total electoral volatility is due to fluctuations in voting for opposition parties that have belonged to coalitions. The paper argues that such volatility reflects the inability of coalition members to build loyal constituency bases over time, which is critical for party development and broader consolidation.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,07en_US
dc.subject.jelD72en_US
dc.subject.jelN30en_US
dc.subject.jelN37en_US
dc.subject.jelO10en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.keywordcampaign strategiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordelectoral volatilityen_US
dc.subject.keywordopposition partiesen_US
dc.subject.keywordparty developmenten_US
dc.titleAre electoral coalitions harmful for democratic consolidation in Africa?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn645268569en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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