Lecture "Can Democracy Survive in Africa?"
Leonardo R. Arriola´╝łUniversity of California, Berkeley´╝ë
Date: March 27, 2018 (Tue) 17:30-19:00 (17:00 Open)

Venue: Room 549, Akamon General Research Building, Hongo Campus,
University of Tokyo
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Speaker: Leonardo R. Arriola (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley)
About Prof. Arriola

Abstract: The future of democracy in Africa remains uncertain. Poverty, violence, and ethnic diversity are widely considered among the most important factors in preventing the emergence of stable democracy in African countries. I present evidence from across the continent, including experimental data from Kenya, Ivory Coast, and Zambia, to show that many of these threats to democracy are exaggerated. I show that African voters are positively engaged in elections -- and behave like voters in other regions -- but it is the legacy of authoritarian rule that poses the greatest threat to democracy.