Exploring the Institutional Origins of African Partisanship and Political Ideology
Graduate Research Grant
My dissertation will focus on developing a more comprehensive understanding of party system outcomes and political ideology in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to more elite-based explanations of ruling party dominance such as the leveraging of resource rents for patronage networks and the application state coercion against political opponents, my research seeks to highlight the importance of partisan support, even in the face of stagnant economic growth and democratic disappointments. I argue for a more generalized interpretation of political ideology and partisanship that incorporates key values and ideals that can be tested and compared across countries with different historical context and development levels.