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Ekonomisk ojämlikhet - ett hinder för demokrati? En fallstudie om inkomstskillnader och demokratisk legitimitet i Kenya

Ristinmaa, Maria LU (2009) STVK01 20092
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Kenya is a country with great differences between rich and poor. While almost half of the population in Kenya is living below the poverty line, the country in the early 1990’s began to democratize, with support by the people. This thesis’ aim is to examine income inequality and democratic legitimacy in Kenya. I will carry out a case study in which two theories about consequences of income inequality will be tested on the Kenyan empirics. By doing so, I wish to answer the question of how the income gap influences the democratic legitimacy in Kenya. Concentrating on the population’s attitudes towards democratic rule and their political participation, I found that income inequality in Kenya tends to contribute to low levels of political... (More)
Kenya is a country with great differences between rich and poor. While almost half of the population in Kenya is living below the poverty line, the country in the early 1990’s began to democratize, with support by the people. This thesis’ aim is to examine income inequality and democratic legitimacy in Kenya. I will carry out a case study in which two theories about consequences of income inequality will be tested on the Kenyan empirics. By doing so, I wish to answer the question of how the income gap influences the democratic legitimacy in Kenya. Concentrating on the population’s attitudes towards democratic rule and their political participation, I found that income inequality in Kenya tends to contribute to low levels of political participation. Some empirics indicate that people are becoming more negative towards the democratic rule because of the asymmetric income dispersion. However, a clear picture of whether the income inequality affects the population’s attitudes is not provided. The conclusion drawn is therefore that income inequality in Kenya influence the democratic legitimacy negatively by lowering the political participation, but not as strongly by influencing the population’s attitudes. The thesis’ material mostly consists of surveys, articles and reports of various kinds. (Less)
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Ristinmaa, Maria LU
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STVK01 20092
year
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
attitudes, political participation, income inequality, Kenya, democratic legitimacy
language
Swedish
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1525919
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2010-02-01 11:46:13
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  abstract     = {Kenya is a country with great differences between rich and poor. While almost half of the population in Kenya is living below the poverty line, the country in the early 1990’s began to democratize, with support by the people. This thesis’ aim is to examine income inequality and democratic legitimacy in Kenya. I will carry out a case study in which two theories about consequences of income inequality will be tested on the Kenyan empirics. By doing so, I wish to answer the question of how the income gap influences the democratic legitimacy in Kenya. Concentrating on the population’s attitudes towards democratic rule and their political participation, I found that income inequality in Kenya tends to contribute to low levels of political participation. Some empirics indicate that people are becoming more negative towards the democratic rule because of the asymmetric income dispersion. However, a clear picture of whether the income inequality affects the population’s attitudes is not provided. The conclusion drawn is therefore that income inequality in Kenya influence the democratic legitimacy negatively by lowering the political participation, but not as strongly by influencing the population’s attitudes. The thesis’ material mostly consists of surveys, articles and reports of various kinds.},
  author       = {Ristinmaa, Maria},
  keyword      = {attitudes,political participation,income inequality,Kenya,democratic legitimacy},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ekonomisk ojämlikhet - ett hinder för demokrati? En fallstudie om inkomstskillnader och demokratisk legitimitet i Kenya},
  year         = {2009},
}