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Partitioning Ethnic Groups and their Members: Explaining Variations in Satisfaction with Democracy in Africa

Valentin Gold


This article examines the conditions that influence citizens’ satisfaction with democracy in Africa. In the analysis, individual, ethnic group, and national context determinants are combined in a multilevel model allowing a comparative analysis over time, countries, ethnic groups, and individuals. Using Afrobarometer survey data along with ethnic group-level and national-level data, I show that factors shaping citizens’ satisfaction can be found on each contextual level. To a large extent, perceived economic and political inequalities between ethnic groups explain variations in citizens’ satisfaction.

Published Online: 2012-12-13

© 2012 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co.

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