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Manifestos and elections in Ghana's Fourth Republic

Manifestos and elections in Ghana's Fourth Republic Debate continues over the factors that influence electoral outcomes or voter behaviour and alignment in elections all over the world. Several factors have been noted, including the manifestos of political parties. In spite of the potential influence of the party manifesto, several comparative and empirical studies on elections in Ghana have paid little or no attention to manifestos in determining the electoral outcomes of political parties in the Fourth Republic.This paper makes a contribution to the debate by examining how manifestos have influenced the electoral chances of the two main political parties which have been in and out of government in Ghana since the inception of the Fourth Republic, namely, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party. Analysis covers the five elections held in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Specifically, it discusses not only the ability of the manifestos to shape policy debate but also to some extent, influence electoral outcomes. The paper concludes with some lessons learned. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png South African Journal of International Affairs Taylor & Francis

Manifestos and elections in Ghana's Fourth Republic

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright The South African Institute of International Affairs
ISSN
1938-0275
eISSN
1022-0461
DOI
10.1080/10220461.2011.622951
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Abstract

Debate continues over the factors that influence electoral outcomes or voter behaviour and alignment in elections all over the world. Several factors have been noted, including the manifestos of political parties. In spite of the potential influence of the party manifesto, several comparative and empirical studies on elections in Ghana have paid little or no attention to manifestos in determining the electoral outcomes of political parties in the Fourth Republic.This paper makes a contribution to the debate by examining how manifestos have influenced the electoral chances of the two main political parties which have been in and out of government in Ghana since the inception of the Fourth Republic, namely, the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party. Analysis covers the five elections held in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Specifically, it discusses not only the ability of the manifestos to shape policy debate but also to some extent, influence electoral outcomes. The paper concludes with some lessons learned.

Journal

South African Journal of International AffairsTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2011

Keywords: Ghana; manifestos; elections; electoral outcomes; political parties; voting; voter rationality; New Patriotic Party; National Democratic Congress

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