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Briefing: Citizens and cell phones in Africa
Journal article, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
Democratic experiments in Africa: Regime transitions in comparative perspective
Book/Monograph, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
Popular Reactions to State Repression: Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe
Journal article, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Oxford University Press (OUP) in English language
In May 2005, the government of Zimbabwe launched Operation Murambatsvina (OM), a state-sponsored campaign to stifle independent economic and political activity in the country’s urban areas. This article employs a national probability sample survey to analyse the popular reactions of ordinary Zimbabweans to this landmark event. It shows that the application of state repression succeeds at some goals, fails at others, and has powerful unintended effects. We report that the scope of OM was wide and that the main victims of OM were younger, unemployed families ...
Public opinion, democracy, and market reform in Africa
Serial, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
Violence, displacement and democracy in post-conflict societies: evidence from Mali
Journal article, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Taylor & Francis Group in English language
This article examines the political crisis in Mali, 2012-2013, to test the impact of violent conflict on public attitudes to democracy. In post-conflict situations, democracy building depends on interim steps to restore trust among citizens and to address national reconciliation and transitional justice. According to the results of a custom-designed opinion survey, recent experiences of violence and displacement in Mali have undermined both interpersonal and interethnic trust as well as public confidence that elected governments can resolve national conflicts. While internal displa...
Violence, partisanship and transitional justice in Zimbabwe
Journal article, Created By Bratton, Michael and Published By Cambridge University Press in English language
What determines people's willingness to consider punishment for human rights abusers? This article investigates this question in the context of Zimbabwe in the aftermath of the country's violent presidential election campaign of June 2008. Based on a national probability sample survey, the paper shows that exposure to violence was reportedly widespread and that attitudes to transitional justice are mixed. In considering how to handle abuses, Zimbabweans weigh the pros and cons carefully and, recognising that peace and justice are difficult to obtain simultaneously,...