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dc.contributor.authorResnick, Danielleen_US
dc.contributor.authorCasale, Danielaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-30en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T13:20:10Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T13:20:10Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-9230-423-2en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/54172-
dc.description.abstractThe youth have long represented an important constituency for electoral mobilization in Africa. Today, as the region faces a growing 'youth bulge' that is disproportionately burdened by un- and underemployment, capturing the votes of this demographic is becoming more important than ever before. Yet, despite their numerical importance and the historical relevance of generational identities within the region, very little is really known about the political participation of Africa's youth. In order to address this issue, we combine country-level variables for 19 of Africa's most democratic countries with individual-level public opinion data from Afrobarometer survey data. A series of binomial and multinomial logit models are estimated on three key outcome variables: voter turnout in last elections, closeness to political party; and participation in protests. In comparison with older citizens, we find that Africa's youth tend to vote less and express a lower level of partisanship, which is consistent with findings for the youth in other regions of the world. However, Africa's youth are not more likely to protest than older citizens. Collectively, these findings cast doubt that the youth are more likely to turn to the street when they are disgruntled but question the legitimacy of the electoral process as a meaningful conduit for conveying the preferences of Africa's youth.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2011,56en_US
dc.subject.jelD72en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.jelN47en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.keyworddemocracyen_US
dc.subject.keywordelectionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordprotestsen_US
dc.subject.keywordvotingen_US
dc.subject.keywordyouthen_US
dc.titleThe political participation of Africa's youth: Turnout, partisanship, and protesten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn669169668en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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