A Better Life for All? Democratization and Electrification in Post-Apartheid South Africa

  title={A Better Life for All? Democratization and Electrification in Post-Apartheid South Africa},
  author={Verena Kroth and Valentino Larcinese and J. Wehner},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={774 - 791}
  • Verena Kroth, Valentino Larcinese, J. Wehner
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Does democracy affect basic service delivery? If yes, who benefits, and which elements of democracy matter—enfranchisement, the liberalization of political organization, or both? In 1994, 19 million South Africans gained the right to vote. The previously banned African National Congress was elected promising “a better life for all.” Using a difference-in-differences approach, we exploit heterogeneity in the share of newly enfranchised voters across municipalities to evaluate how franchise… CONTINUE READING
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