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Session Submission Type: Created Panel
A democracy is only as good as its representatives. As multi-party elections have taken hold in sub-Saharan Africa, research is increasingly focused on the quality of candidates standing for office.
Drawing from original data in Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia, the papers on this panel examine who runs for office, the attitudes of those candidates, and the conditions under which voters support them.
Bellwethers of Party Dysfunction: Independents in South African Local Elections - Itumeleng Makgetla, Yale University
Career Background and Electoral Campaign Strategy in African Democracies - Karisa Tritz Cloward, Southern Methodist University; Keith Weghorst, Vanderbilt University
The Silent Crisis: Attitudes of Political Elites Toward Abortion in Zambia - Melanie Lauren Phillips, University of California, Berkeley; Leonardo R. Arriola, University of California, Berkeley; Danny Choi, University of Pittsburgh; Justine Davis, University of California, Berkeley; Lise Rakner, University of Bergen