Robin Harding commended for article on democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Associate Professor of Government Robin Harding has received an Honorable Mention for the American Political Science Association’s Democracy and Autocracy section’s 2021 Best Article Award.

His article, ‘Who Is Democracy Good For? Elections, Rural Bias, and Health and Education Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa, examines how African governments respond to democratic electoral competition.

Robin argues that democratic elections in Africa have induced governments to compete for votes by providing basic services, such as infrastructure and access to basic education and healthcare.

Robin’s research is concerned primarily with the political economy of development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His research has been published in World Politics, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of African Economies, and Economics and Philosophy.

“I’m delighted to have my research recognised in this way,” he said.

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