Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Clientelism & Local Governance in Ghana: Does Political Clientelism Influence Public Attitude towards the Election or Appointment MMDCEs in Ghana?



The present article examines the effect of political clientelism on public attitude towards the election or appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal, & District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Ghana. Analyzing a sample size of 2400 respondents, it was revealed that the majority of respondents (72%) favor the election of MMDCEs. Moreover, the results indicate that political clientelism was not a significant predictor of public attitude towards the election or appointment of MMDCE. However, factors such as employment, problems in Ghana, crime victimization, discrimination, party affiliation, and region are significant predictors of public attitude towards electing or appointing MMDCEs in Ghana. The theoretical and policy implications of the results of the present study are discussed extensively.


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