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Developing states, shaping citizenship : service delivery and political participation in Zambia / Erin Accampo Hern.

Author/Creator:
Hern, Erin Accampo, 1987- author.
Publication:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2019.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 238 pages ; 23 cm.
Series:
African perspectives (University of Michigan. Press)
African perspectives
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Subjects:
Political participation -- Zambia.
Zambia -- Politics and government -- 1991-.
Political participation.
Politics and government.
Zambia.
Summary:
At the nexus of political science, development studies, and public policy, Developing States, Shaping Citizenship analyzes an overlooked driver of political behavior: citizens' past experience with the government through service provision. Using evidence from Zambia, this book demonstrates that the quality of citizens' interactions with the government through service provision sends them important signals about what they can hope to gain from political action. These interactions influence not only formal political behaviors like voting, but also collective behavior, political engagement, and subversive behaviors like tax evasion. Lack of capacity for service delivery not only undermines economic growth and human development, but also citizens' confidence in the responsiveness of the political system. Absent this confidence, citizens are much less likely to participate in democratic processes, express their preferences, or comply with state revenue collection. Economic development and political development in low-capacity states, Hern argues, are concurrent processes. Erin Accampo Hern draws on original data from an original large-N survey, interviews, Afrobarometer data, and archival materials collected over 12 months in Zambia. The theory underlying this book's framework is that of policy feedback, which argues that policies, once in place, influence the subsequent political participation of the affected population. This theory has predominantly been applied to advanced industrial democracies, and this book is the first explicit effort to adapt the theory to the developing country context--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
List of figures
Understanding political participation in Africa's new democracies
The Zambian context: spatial distribution of public services and political behavior
How policy shapes participation: a theoretical framework
Filling the gaps the state left: service delivery and collective behavior
Piquing interest: policy experience and political engagement
From interest to action: policy experience and formal political participation
Exit and voice: policy experience and alternative modes of interaction with the state
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Hern, Erin Accampo, 1987- author. Developing states, shaping citizenship
ISBN:
9780472074143
0472074148
9780472054145
0472054147
OCLC:
1055263263