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Why should we trust our public leaders in Africa? A comparative analysis between 2019 and 2021

Michael K. Dzordzormenyoh (Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 15 February 2024

Issue publication date: 3 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates the factors that influence citizens trust in public leaders [i.e. presidents, members of parliament (MPs) and local government leaders (LGs)] in 34 countries in Africa between 2019 and 2021.

Design/methodology/approach

Individual-level data with a sample size of 48,084 was obtained from the Afro-Barometer round 8 survey only and analyzed using multivariate binary logistic regression.

Findings

Several important and intriguing observations were made from this analysis: (1) the performance of public leaders influences citizens trust in their leaders; (2) the perceived corruption of public leaders and civil servants and the level of corruption influence citizens trust in public leaders; (3) perceived neighborhood problems (i.e. fear of violence, fear of terrorism and service delivery) influence citizens trust in their public leaders and (4) the socio-demographic characteristics of citizens (i.e. age, religion, education, location, employment and political party affiliation) influence citizens trust in their public leaders.

Originality/value

This study is exceptional in two ways: (1) it examines and compares citizens trust in public leaders across different levels, i.e. presidents, MPs and LGs in Africa and (2) it examines and compares the factors influencing citizens trust in public leaders in Africa comparatively.

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Citation

Dzordzormenyoh, M.K. (2024), "Why should we trust our public leaders in Africa? A comparative analysis between 2019 and 2021", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 109-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-09-2023-0071

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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