Popular Support for Public Policies to Curb Political Vigilantism: Reflections from Ghanaian Electorate

  • Emmanuel Yeboah-AssiamahEmail author
  • Maame A. Gyekye-JandohEmail author
  • Kwame Asamoah
  • Clement Mensah Damoah
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_4022-1
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Synonyms

Definitions

Elections

They involve a formal group decision-making process, a means through which a group chooses an individual(s) to hold formal office mostly public in nature. Elections are usually very competitive in nature and have been the main mechanism through which modern representative democracy operates. Ideally, the processes before, during, and after should be in a free and fair manner devoid of intimidation and violence.

Electoral violence

It entails coercive force, directed toward electoral actors and/or objects, that occurs in the context of electoral competition – it can occur before, during, or after elections, and it can target a variety of actors, including candidates, activists, poll workers, election observers, journalists, and voters (Birch and Muchlinski 2017), and electoral materials.

Political vigilante

It is an ad hoc or organized group of people mobilized for the purposes of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana
  2. 2.Global Development InstituteUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Department of Public Administration & Health Services ManagementUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana