The Legislative Agenda in 13 African Countries: A Comprehensive Database

Nikolaos Frantzeskakis*, Henrik Bech Seeberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

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
Volume48
Issue3
Pages (from-to)623-655
Number of pages33
ISSN0362-9805
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

Keywords

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

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