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Research project

Economic distress, democratic values, and ethnic backlash in Africa: investigating the persistence of youth political attitudes.

How does economic downturn affect pre-existing democratic values and intergroup attitudes? Does economic downturn lead people to lose support for democracy and does it raise perceptions of intergroup threat? Is the potential effect of economic downturn on these political attitudes conditional upon earlier attitude formation during adolescence?

2023 - 2025
Leila Demarest
Leiden University Fund

In the last years, Nigeria has been hit hard economically due to the covid crisis, low oil production, and most recently the Russia-Ukraine war which has led to high levels of inflation. This project will resurvey young adults in Lagos state who were previously surveyed in 2019 to analyze persistence and change in their intergroup and democratic attitudes over time.

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