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Kenyan General Elections 2022: A game of pledges, promises and service to self-interest

Tirra, Amos; Collins, Hannah; McGlade, Jacqueline; Moore, Henrietta; Scharl, Arno; (2023) Kenyan General Elections 2022: A game of pledges, promises and service to self-interest. UCL Institute for Global Prosperity: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The relatively new democratic system in Kenya is complex and often negotiable, further complicated by the shifting landscape and impact of social media. This working paper explores the history of democracy in Kenya and presents the instrumentalisation of ethnic identities by key political figures using Social Cleavage Theory. A web-based analysis of social and news media, and qualitative data collected from focus group discussions with key community leaders are presented to interrogate the drivers of the 2022 election outcome. From the findings we offer recommendations on how the electoral system in Kenya can be further safeguarded to ensure that democracy in Kenya works for the prosperity of the citizens, not just of the politicians.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Kenyan General Elections 2022: A game of pledges, promises and service to self-interest
ISBN-13: 978-1-913041-43-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/publications-1
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10172540
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