This paper combines a unique set of panel data on legislative constituency elections for 8 African countries for the 1900s, 2000s, and 2010s (which we compiled in 2012-2016) with the nighttime light density data and other spatial political economy data collected under our pilot ASPE study in the first half of 2017.
In this first-of-its-kind study, we combine the political and economic data to reveal stark contrasts in the local and regional socio-economic bases of the rival partisan coalitions that dominate politics at the national level in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi.
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