AbstractsPolitical Science

Party followership and political leadership| A study of governance in Ghana

by Enoch O Antwi

Institution: Indiana Wesleyan University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Political science
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2066492
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The importance of party followership in political leadership in Africa has increased dramatically during the past decade (Lindberg, 2010; Tagoe, 2011). However, research on the contribution to good governance in Africa, of the interaction between party followership and the political leadership, is largely less known and minimally undertaken. Drawing on corruption and governance assessment models, this mixed method study examined political leadership corruption, focusing on the possible influences that party followership may have on the political leadership corruption. The core hypothesis we tested was that that there is no relationship between the expectations of political party followers and the corrupt behaviors of political leaders (represented by Members of Parliament). Applying data collected through the survey instrument from 92 MPs and 92 party delegates, as well as a follow-up interview of five MPs and five delegates in Ghana, our hypotheses were rejected. In other words, results showed a statistically significant relationship between the expectations of political party followers and the corrupt behaviors of party leaders. As an implication of this finding, it is imperative for Africa and Ghana in particular, to formulate practical policy measures that embrace party followership in political leadership studies. We recommended that delegates need orientations and training on their roles in political leadership, corruption, and governance. Effective civic education, transparency frameworks during elections and clear policy guidelines that allow stakeholders to monitor the electioneering process, effect change within the institutions, build positive and trusting relations, and strengthen their reputation could significantly lower political leadership corruption in Ghana.