Patronage, Posturing, Duty, Demographics: Why Afghans Voted in 2009

Patronage, Posturing, Duty, Demographics: Why Afghans Voted in 2009

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Authors Noah Coburn, Anna Larson
Type Brief
Theme Governance and Political Economy
Language English
Date of Publication August 01, 2009
Total Pages 8
Available In English | پشتو | دری
Description
What explains the levels of both participation and enthusiasm during the 2009 elections in Kabul Province? Although some voters were motivated by a sense of national duty, and a desire to take part in the democratic process, the majority voted for a variety of other, overlapping reasons. This paper argues that to understand voting attitudes in Kabul Province it is necessary to also look at social pressure, material incentives, a desire to demonstrate community strength, and a desire to “back the winning horse.”

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