Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Timothy D. Sisk, Ph.D.
Africa, Electoral systems, Electoral violence, Sub-Saharan Africa
An increasing trend of violent elections is undermining the former optimism over multi-party elections in Africa. Electoral systems are frequently associated with election violence, but the effects of different systems are relatively unknown. This study addresses this gap and assesses whether conditions for electoral violence are greater under certain electoral systems compared to others. Using a new time-series cross sectional (TSCS) dataset, I conduct an analysis of election violence in sub-Saharan Africa from 1995-2013. Overall, I find evidence for the violence-permitting nature of majoritarian systems, and the violence-constraining nature of proportional representation systems. These findings remain after controlling for the timing of violence (in relation to the election), the effect of informal institutions, and the presence of violence-mobilizing factors.
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Kiger, Gavin M., "A Comparative Study of Electoral Systems: Majoritarian Rules and Electoral Violence in Africa" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1588.
Received from ProQuest
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