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The moral economy of elections in Africa : democracy, voting, and virtue

The moral economy of elections in Africa : democracy, voting, and virtue

Author: Nic Cheeseman
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Taken together, reciprocity, commonality and preference make for a sense of moral virtue that is rooted in privileged relationships between those who share some form of collective identity. Claims for assistance and support based on this kind of reciprocity are seen not only to have power but also to be legitimate, for patrimonialism is a moral force. As Lonsdale (1992b) has argued of the Kikuyu community in Kenya,  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cheeseman, Professor Nic.
The moral economy of elections in africa
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2022.
(DLC) 2020047665
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nic Cheeseman
ISBN: 9781108417235 110841723X 9781108404723 1108404723
OCLC Number: 1191239081
Description: xv, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Towards a moral economy of elections in Africa --
Elections, states and citizens : a history of the ballot in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda --
National exercises : making states and citizens through the ballot --
The eyes of the world are upon us : the aspirations and limitations of international election observation --
Creating democrats : civil society and voter education --
Performing virtue : politicians, leadership, and election campaigns --
Navigating multiple moralities : popular expectations and experiences of the polls --
Conclusion : the electoral fallacy revisited.
Responsibility: Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham; Gabrielle Lynch, University of Warwick; Justin Willis, Durham University.


Elections have long been seen as a way to foster democracy, development and security in Africa. This study of elections in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda over the last sixty years offers a radical approach  Read more...


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