Why electors participated in Burkina Faso’s presidential election 2005?

Well, this is a little ad for a recent publication of one of our students which merites to be considered:

  • Monsch, Gian-Andrea, 2008. “Der Klient und sein Patron – oder warum man in Burkina Faso wählen geht.” CIS Working Paper No. 37, ISSN 1662-7504. [pdf, available online, in german]

Abstract: Monsch analyzes the varying voter turnouts in the 45 provinces of Burkina Faso on the occasion of the presidential elections on the 13th november of 2005. Through a comparative macroanalysis he shows that the force of President Compaore’s patron-clients relations, measured by the total result of his electoral victory, strongly influences the level of the provincial turnout. In addition to this, local poverty, ethnic aliation and geographical proximity to the capital bears on positively the voter turnout.

Afrobarometer II

Afrobarometer data doesn’t cover the whole continent yet, but the collection increases rapidly. But as different research institutes work on that project, you need to run around for obtaining recent updates. Here’s an example: if you’re looking for not aggregated data on Cape Verde which was included in the second round, you’ll find the data actually on the project site of ICPSR at Michigan University.

Demand side in Africa

While there’s a wide range of data available on political attitudes and values in Europe and northern America, very few can be found on african countries. But nevertheless, data exists, for example the Afrobarometer. The Afrobarometer data collection is public,  you just need to fill in a little questionnaire if you like to get access. Check the following link: http://www.afrobarometer.org/