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The Legislative Agenda in 13 African Countries: A Comprehensive Database

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While African legislatures have been receiving increasing academic attention in recent years, efforts to expand our understanding of these institutional bodies have been hampered by a dearth of reliable quantitative data regarding their activity and output. To rectify this issue, we have collected and issue-classified data on the legislative agenda in 13 African countries. We leverage this new dataset to explore how democratic development affects the legislative agenda. We show that legislatures in more democratic countries have a larger, broader, and more dynamic agenda, and we propose an extensive future research agenda for legislative politics in Africa.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Pages (from-to)623-655
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

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© 2022 The Authors. Legislative Studies Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Washington University in St. Louis.

    Research areas

  • Africa, democratic development, election quality, legislative agenda, political agenda setting

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