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Cultural values and ethnic voting in Uganda: preliminary survey results and methodological evaluation
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The phenomenon of ethnic voting is far from rare in sub-Saharan Africa, further complicating democratization and good governance where it may very well be needed the most. While incidences such as the post-poll violence in Kenya 2007 draw much attention from the outside world, not much of that attention has spilled onto the other countries in the region. In Uganda, there is little notion that ethnicity could determine voting behavior, even as the ratings from three separate presidential elections indicate such tendencies. In this paper, those tendencies of ethnic voting have been explored on a deeper level of cultural values shared within the main ethnic groups of the country. Through a minor field research, using the Schwartz Value Survey, this paper has been able to present tendencies of certain cultural value orientations correlating with support rates for the sitting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the NRM. These results could be interpreted as a further indication of ethic voting, at least in regards to the NRM. Furthermore, the field research set out to elaborate methodological changes to the original survey methods, since previous research did not provide adequate methods for sample selection or deep understanding of the sample in itself. The evaluation of these alterations, presented in this paper, was that a merge between qualitative and quantitative methods is possible, as well as desirable. In summary, the research performed does not provide rock solid facts, but is to be perceived as a pilot research, indicating that there are pressing reasons to initiate a more extensive research project and that the tools for such a survey are at hand.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, cultural values, ethnic voting, uganda, svs, schwartz value, survey, voting behaviour, political preferences, political, behaviour, presidential elections, yoweri kaguta museveni, nrm, national resistance movement, main ethnic groups, political science
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47798ISRN: LTU-DUPP--09/071--SELocal ID: 54e6ae4d-19d9-41ab-8700-9e72b2b007a8OAI: diva2:1021127
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Political Science, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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