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  • The 2015 Nigerian General Elections

    The high level of success of Nigeria’s 2015 general elections was unexpected, considering the difficult political and security environment in which the elections were conducted. The major obstacles to the smooth conduct of the elections include the grave security threat posed by the Boko Haram insurgency, the competing claims to the presidency by northern and southern politicians, a keenly contested campaign smeared by inflammatory messages, and serious gaps in electoral preparations. Against...

    Does Women’s Presence Change Legislative Behavior? Evidence from Argentina, 1983–2007

    In scores of countries, the adoption of gender quotas has boosted the numbers of women elected to national legislatures. How does the growing presence of women affect legislative behavior regarding women’s rights? Using an original dataset of all the bills submitted to the Argentine Congress between 1983 and 2007, we analyze the relationship between women’s presence in Congress and the introduction and approval of bills related to women’s rights. Our dataset allows us to compare three periods...

    No Country for Leftists? Clientelist Continuity and the 2006 Vote in the Brazilian Northeast

    Building upon recent studies of the electoral effects of social policyand President Lula da Silva’s coattails in the 2006 Brazilian elections, thisarticle explains the performance of leftist and conservative candidates inelections for governor during that cycle in the Northeast region. The studyassesses three systemic factors: the conditional cash transfer program, BolsaFamília, economic growth, and Lula’s coattails on support for right-wingincumbents and left-wing oppositions in the states o...

    Voting Behaviour in the 2009 South African Election

    This article analyses voting behaviour in the South African election of 2009 and draws conclusions regarding the significance of party affiliation and issue-based voting in South Africa. It demonstrates the low level of voter registration and voter turnout. In the 2009 election the Independent Electoral Commission had problems with electoral management for the first time; however, it was able to prevent electoral violence. During the campaign the newly founded COPE focused on institutional re...

    Presidential Support in a Context of Crisis and Recovery in Peru, 1985-2008

    Largely due to the theoretical weight given to the role of economic crisis, the existing literature on presidential approval in Peru offers a variety of competing explanations about the factors that account for presidential support. These competing explanations share one bond: they emphasize the absence of traditional economic voting. We argue here that the diversity of interpretations and empirical findings stem from the high degree of volatility experienced by economic indicators, and the f...
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