Great Expectations : Ethnicity , Performance , and Ugandan Voters ∗

  title={Great Expectations : Ethnicity , Performance , and Ugandan Voters ∗},
  author={Elizabeth Carlson},
When voters vote ethnically, as they do in many African countries, what is the reason? Do voters prefer coethnics because of ethnic pride? Or is ethnicity as a proxy for performance? I use a voting simulation experiment in Uganda to investigate the underlying rationale for ethnic voting. I find evidence that voters anticipate more future goods from a coethnic presidential candidate. Most strikingly, I find that coethnicity matters to voters only when the candidate has a record of prior goods… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Figures, tables, and topics from this paper.


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 30 references

Ethnicity and Democracy in Africa

Bruce Berman, Eyoh Dickson, Will Kymlicka
J. Currey, • 2004
View 4 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Public Opinion, Democracy and Market Reform in Africa

Michael Bratton, Robert Mattes, E. Gyimah-Boadi
View 3 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

NRM Vows to Unite

Cyprian Musoke, Milton Olupot
Move On. The New Vision, • 2010
View 1 Excerpt

Partisanship, Political Control and Economic Assessments

Alan S. Gerber, Gregory A. Huber
American Journal of Political Science, • 2010

Patronage, District Creation and Reform in Uganda

Elliott Green
Studies in Comparative International Development, • 2010
View 1 Excerpt

Otafiire Fires Salvo on Tribalism, Calls its Perpetators ’Stupid

David Okumu, Paul Amuro
The Daily Monitor, • 2009
View 1 Excerpt

Are African Voters Really Ethnic or Clientalistic? Survey Evidence from Ghana

Staffan Lindberg, Minion K.C. Morrison
Political Science Quarterly, • 2008

Does Ethnicity or Candidate Quality Matter More to African Voters? a Survey Experiment in Uganda

Elizabeth Carlson
Presented to the Working Group in African Political Economy., • 2008
View 1 Excerpt

Ethnically Dominated Party Systems and the Quality of Democracy:Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Robert Dowd, Michael Dreissen
Afrobarometer Working Paper No • 2008
View 1 Excerpt

Information and Voting Behavior:Results of a Survey Experiment in Uganda

Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz
Presented to the American Political Science Association, • 2008

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…