Policy Congruence in a Competitive Authoritarian Regime: Learning from the Angolan Case

Ana Maria Belchior, Edalina Rodrigues Sanches, Gildo Matias José

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Abstract

Building on the theoretical proposition that congruence is as much a property to be measured in authoritarian regimes as it is in democratic regimes, the aim of this article is to understand the phenomenon of ideological and political congruence in Angola. To carry out this analysis, we rely on two original surveys, conducted in 2012 with members of parliament (MPs) and college students (voters), covering equivalent policy issues. The results, to some extent exploratory, suggest moderate levels of congruence between MPs and voters. This article contributes to the existing scholarship through a case study that escapes a golden rule in this field – i.e., it is not a democracy. Moreover, it features congruence as a potentially relevant factor in understanding dominant parties’ persistence in authoritarian settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-216
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Asian and African Studies
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Angola
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • MPs
  • Policy congruence
  • Voters

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