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Who is democracy good for? Elections, rural bias, and health and education outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa

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How do African governments respond to democratic electoral competition? Although the common perception is that African governments have sought to win elections by combining various types of electoral fraud, clientelism, and ethnic mobilization, I argue that democratic elections in Africa have also induced governments to compete for votes by providing basic services. One implication of this is a rural bias in the impact of democracy on basic health and education outcomes. Using individual-leve...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1086/705745

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Lady Margaret Hall
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Author
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Journal:
Journal of Politics More from this journal
Volume:
82
Issue:
1
Pages:
241-254
Publication date:
2019-11-14
Acceptance date:
2018-09-17
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EISSN:
1468-2508
ISSN:
0022-3816
Language:
English
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pubs:920130
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uuid:c8598f75-76da-43f2-a34f-d5e2724f84d2
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920130
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2018-09-17

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