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Fear of Electoral Violence and its Impact on Political Knowledge in Sub-Saharan Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3210-8609
2017 (English)In: Political Studies, ISSN 0032-3217, E-ISSN 1467-9248, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature on electoral violence has focused on its causes as well as its scope, ignoring the implications for citizens trying to practice their political citizenship. Informed citizens are a central part of a functioning democracy. The emotive response to violence may play an important role here. This article contributes to a deeper understanding of how the voter responds to violence. Recent work on the role of emotions in politics has demonstrated its positive role for cognition, as fear can increase the individual’s propensity to amass information and reevaluate attitudes and behavior. This is tested in a hitherto unexamined context, namely, Sub-Saharan Africa, using the Afrobarometer survey (20 different countries). In general, political fear is a significant predictor of political knowledge, but in the opposite direction compared to the hypothesis. The affective intelligence hypothesis only receives partial support using this data, namely, in countries with high levels of political violence.

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2017. p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
political knowledge, fear, violence, elections, Sub-Saharan Africa
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research; Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335423DOI: 10.1177/0032321717742835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335423DiVA, id: diva2:1162724
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1438Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-13

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