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Electoral politics and Africa's urban transition : class and ethnicity in Ghana

Author: Noah L Nathan
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Series: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two aspects of contemporary urban life in Africa are often described as sources of political change: the emergence of a large urban middle class and high levels of ethnic diversity and inter-ethnic social contact. Many expected that these factors would help spark a transition away from ethnic competition and clientelism toward more programmatic elections. Focusing on urban Ghana, this book shows that the growing  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah L Nathan
ISBN: 1108474950 9781108474955
OCLC Number: 1054216442
Description: xii, 344 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Urban politics in a trap --
Urban Ghana in context --
The middle class and programmatic politics --
Class and preferences --
Credibility, patronage, and participation --
Neighborhoods and ethnic competition --
Ethnic competition across neighborhoods --
Distributive politics in urban areas --
Neighborhood context, expectations of favoritism, and voting --
Implications for urban governance --
Turnout inequality and capture in municipal elelctions --
Paths out of the trap?
Series Title: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Responsibility: Noah L. Nathan.

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Despite the rapid urbanization of African societies, the socio-economic changes associated with urbanization are not having the political effects that many expected. This book contributes to  Read more...

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