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dc.contributor.advisorMorrison, Minion K. C., 1946-eng
dc.contributor.authorWells, Jason M., 1976-eng
dc.coverage.spatialSouth Africaeng
dc.date.issued2005eng
dc.date.submitted2005 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on October 18, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2005.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Political science.eng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation investigates citizens' support for democracy in southern Africa and the factors that explain variations in that support. Borrowing insights from the historical institutionalism literature, I argue that perceptions of the alternative institutional contexts will influence citizens' support for democracy. More specifically, I argue that support for traditional institutions and/or past authoritarian regimes will influence citizens' support for democracy. To test this argument, I use a mixed research design, comprised of both a statistical analysis of cross-national survey data and a case-study of South Africa based interviews with members of the South African Parliament. The results indicate that support for alternative institutions do influence citizens' support for democracy, but that all institutions do not have the same effect. More specifically, I found that support for past authoritarian regimes had both a strong negative relationship with democratic support, while support for traditional institutions had a weaker, though still negative effect.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb6059584xeng
dc.identifier.oclc174970784eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4115
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4115eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshAfrica, Southern -- Politics and governmenteng
dc.subject.lcshSouth Africa -- Politics and governmenteng
dc.subject.lcshDemocracyeng
dc.titleTraditional institutions, authortarian [sic] legacies, and democratic support in southern Africaeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical science (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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