Health and the democratic dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa: are democracies better at managing the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

  • Demi van Nes Universiteit Leiden

Abstract

The democratic dividend theory states that democracies
should provide socio-economic benefits to their citizens.
Scholars suggest that the legitimacy of African democracies
is partly dependent on this dividend. Following this theory,
democracies should handle the HIV/AIDS epidemic better
than non-democracies because of their higher level of
accountability. A cross-national analysis is conducted to
investigate how a country’s level of democracy is associated
with respondents’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS and the provision
of HIV-testing places. The relationships between both
democracy and HIV-knowledge, and the provision of HIVtesting
places are non-significant. This can have implications
for how citizens view their regimes’ legitimacy.

How to Cite
VAN NES, Demi. Health and the democratic dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa: are democracies better at managing the HIV/AIDS epidemic?. Student Undergraduate Research E-journal!, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 1-4, dec. 2019. ISSN 2468-0443. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/sure/article/view/4176>. Date accessed: 06 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.25609/sure.v5.4176.
Published
2019-12-03