Governance and Social Media in African Countries: An Empirical Investigation

Telecommunications Policy, 43(5), pp. 411-425 (June, 2019).

30 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018 Last revised: 8 May 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2018

Abstract

This study assesses linkages between social media and governance dynamics in 49 African countries for the year 2012. The empirical evidence is based on ordinary least squares and quantile regressions. Ten bundled and unbundled governance dynamics are used, notably: (i) political governance (entailing “voice & accountability” and political stability/no violence); (ii) economic governance (involving regulation quality and government effectiveness); (iii) institutional governance (comprising the rule of law and corruption-control) and (iv) general governance (entailing political, economic and institutional governance). Social media is measured with Facebook penetration. The findings show that Facebook penetration is positively associated with governance dynamics and these positive nexuses differ in terms of significance and magnitude of significance throughout the conditional distribution of the governance dynamics.

Keywords: Governance; Social Media; Africa

JEL Classification: G20; O38; O40; O55; P37

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Odhiambo, Nicholas, Governance and Social Media in African Countries: An Empirical Investigation (January 1, 2018). Telecommunications Policy, 43(5), pp. 411-425 (June, 2019). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271787 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3271787

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics ( email )

PO Box 392
Pretoria, 0003
South Africa

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