Date of Award

8-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Danial Young

Second Advisor

Dr. Carrie Manning

Third Advisor

Dr. Ryan Carlin

Abstract

This dissertation considers the impact of voter exit on the survival of incumbent regimes. I argue that voters exit the political process as a result of emigration or political violence. Using the example of Zimbabwe, I argue that ZANU-PF benefited from the exit of nearly four million Zimbabweans who emigrated outside the country in response to declining economic conditions and who exited the political system as a result of violence.

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