TRADITIONAL BELIEFS AND ELECTORAL BEHAVIOR: Some Evidence from Togo

Riccardo Pelizzo, Moise Koepko, Nygmetzhan Kuzenbayev, Abel Kinyondo

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Abstract

The party system literature has generally paid little attention to whether traditional beliefs have any impact on voters’ electoral behavior and the stability of party systems. The purpose of the present study shows that the stability of party systems and the pervasiveness of traditional beliefs go hand-in-hand. This article is expected to advance the scholarly understanding of the political consequences of traditional beliefs by showing that voters who hold traditional beliefs or engage in traditional practices are not simply less likely to have pro-democratic attitudes or have a greater appreciation of dictatorial rule, but also more likely to vote for ruling parties in elections. The evidence presented in the article sustains a basic claim; namely, that the pervasiveness of traditional beliefs in Togolese society should be regarded as one of the determinants of the party system's stability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalWorld Affairs
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Benin
  • Democratization
  • Development
  • Electoral Behavior
  • Party System Change
  • Party System Stability
  • Religion and Politics
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Traditional Beliefs
  • Voodoo
  • Voting Behavior
  • Witchcraft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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