African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389

Full Length Research Paper

Ghanaian opinions on democracy, inter-communal violence and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Idris Sharif
Department of Sociology, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Livingstone College, North Carolina, USA. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 26 February 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2010


This survey research explores and presents the opinions of people in Ghana on several key areas: democracy and inter-communal violence, conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenyan electoral violence during December 2007/February 2008 and salient issues and problems in Ghana. The study drawing on 407 participants reveal the following: A preference for representative democracy, agreement that there is no perfect electoral system, economic inequality which leads to higher levels of armed conflict, voting irregularities and exploitation of ethnic-tribal sentiments which is a factor in election violence, discrimination and perceptions of superiority which is problematic and ethnic-tribal allegiances that are strong in Ghana.


Key words: Ghana, opinion survey, democracy, electoral violence, ethnicity, inter-communal violence and conflict.