An Inquiry into the Use of Illegal Electoral Practices and Effects of Political Violence and Vote-buying

Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2014. This article investigates whether vote-buying and the instigation of violence in the disputed 2007 Kenyan elections were strategically motivated and whether those affected by vote-buying or post-electoral violence changed their views toward ethnopolitics and the use of violence. To answer these questions, a panel survey conducted before and after the elections is combined with external indicators of electoral violence. We find that vote-buying was used to mobilize parties’ own strongholds. Political parties also targeted vote-buying and threats toward specific ethnic groups and areas, potentially to weaken the support of their political rivals. In addition, we find that the victims of post-electoral violence are more likely to identify in ethnic terms and support the use of violence. The non-victims of post-electoral violence, but who experienced vote-buying after our first survey are also more likely to support the use of violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1500-1527
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Volume58
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • election fraud
  • electoral violence
  • ethnic identity
  • Kenya
  • vote-buying

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