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Provision of electricity to African households: The importance of democracy and institutional quality
Chalmers University of Technology, Division of Environmental Systems Analysis.
Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5491-8819
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2264-7043
2015 (English)In: Energy Policy, ISSN 0301-4215, E-ISSN 1873-6777, Vol. 87, p. 125-135Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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How can differences in per capita household electricity consumption across African countries be understood? Based on theories that highlight the importance of democracy and institutional quality for provision of public goods, the aim of the paper is to analyse the degree to which the level of per capita household electricity consumption in African countries can be attributed to the countries’ democratic status and their institutional quality. We rely on regression analysis employing a pooled data set for 44 African countries over the time period 1996–2009. The analysis shows that democracy and institutional quality both have significant positive effects on per capita household consumption of electricity. Our results have implications for how energy sector reforms are promoted in developing countries. At a more general level they illustrate that institution-building policy efforts are relevant also in areas where contemporary debates have tended to primarily centre on economic development, financial prerequisites and ownership issues.

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2015. Vol. 87, p. 125-135
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Economics; Political Science; Renewable energy (AERI)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5543DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.09.002ISI: 000364890800012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84945529281Local ID: 3ac97297-14ba-40f7-a43c-cf915c2c521fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-5543DiVA, id: diva2:978417
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150914 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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