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Type Working Paper - Afrobarometer Working Paper no. 121
Title Political participation in Africa: Participatory inequalities and the role of resources
Issue 121
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 1-26
The aim of this paper is to examine the role of individual resource endowments for explaining individual and group variation in African political participation. Drawing on new data for more than 27 000 respondents in 20 emerging African democracies, the empirical findings suggest surprisingly weak explanatory power of the resource perspective, both for explaining individual variation and observed group inequalities in participation. In several cases, the relatively resource poor groups participate to a greater extent than the relatively resource rich.

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