Author Archives: Elena Gadjanova

‘We need to match the other guy, try to undo the others’: Why Campaign Handouts do not Guarantee Votes in Competitive Elections with Secret Ballots, but Continue Anyway

Elena Gadjanova writes a fascinating account of her fieldwork in Northern Ghana, finding that while vote buying strategies were normalised, they were not enough to determine the results of elections. Instead voters were likely to cite programmatic concerns as shaping their decisions at the ballot box.

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