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Title:Manifestos and elections in Ghana's Fourth Republic
Author:Ayee, Joseph R.A.
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:party programmes
National Democratic Congress
New Patriotic Party
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220461.2011.622951
Abstract:Debate continues over the factors that influence electoral outcomes or voter behaviour and alignment in elections all over the world. Several factors have been noted, including the manifestos of political parties. In spite of the potential influence of the party manifesto, several comparative and empirical studies on elections in Ghana have paid little or no attention to manifestos in determining the electoral outcomes of political parties in the Fourth Republic. This paper makes a contribution to the debate by examining how manifestos have influenced the electoral chances of the two main political parties which have been in and out of government in Ghana since the inception of the Fourth Republic, namely, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Analysis covers the five elections held in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Specifically, the paper discusses not only the ability of the manifestos to shape policy debate but also to some extent, influence electoral outcomes. It concludes with some lessons learned. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]