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Electoral Preferences among Multi-ethnic Voters in Africa

Dulani, B; Harris, A; Horowitz, J; Kayuni, H; (2020) Electoral Preferences among Multi-ethnic Voters in Africa. Comparative Political Studies 10.1177/0010414020926196. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Inter-marriage is transforming Africa’s ethnic landscape. In several countries on the continent more than a fifth of all marriages now cut across ethnic lines. As a result, there is a growing population of multi-ethnic citizens who descend from diverse family lineages. The growth of Africa’s mixed population has the potential to affect politics in a variety of potentially far-reaching ways. In this paper we focus on one possible implication by examining the electoral preferences of multi-ethnic voters in contexts where ethnic bloc voting is commonplace. Drawing on survey data from Malawi and Kenya, we find that mixed individuals are less likely to support the party associated with their stated ethnic group, relative to mono-ethnics. We outline several possible explanations related to identity measurement, the link between identities and preferences, and social networks.

Type: Article
Title: Electoral Preferences among Multi-ethnic Voters in Africa
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0010414020926196
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414020926196
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10097590
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