The consequences of partisanship in Africa

Mattes, Robert and Kroenke, Matthias; Oscarsson, Henrik and Holmberg, Soren, eds. (2020) The consequences of partisanship in Africa. In: Research Handbook on Political Partisanship. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 368-380. ISBN 978 1 78811 199 7

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Since its development by Angus Campbell and his colleagues (1960), the concept of partisan identification has been the subject of a number of important debates. Some scholars have questioned whether it really exists independently of voting preferences, especially outside of the United States (Gunther, Montero, & Puhle, 2006). Others have questioned whether partisanship is only a result of “long term” structural and demographic forces (as posited by Campbell et al.), or responds to more “medium term” factors relating to citizens’ evolving perceptions of the attributes and performance of alternative political parties (Key, 1967; Fiorina, 1981).