Ideology, regionalism, self-interest and tradition: an in vestigation into contemporary politics in Northern Ghana

Kelly, Bob and Bening, Raymond (2007). Ideology, regionalism, self-interest and tradition: an in vestigation into contemporary politics in Northern Ghana. African Affairs, 77(2) pp. 180–206.

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Abstract

The article focuses on three concerns: 1)the historical and contemporary distinctiveness of the 'north' from the rest of Ghana 2)the extent to which the 'north' is itself a distinct and united political entity and 3)the relevance to the area of competing analyses of Ghjanaian politics. It examines the continuing importance of a distinct 'northern political consciousness, the role of competing Ghanaian political traditions based on ideology and related socio-economic divisions, the growth of conscious 'self-interest' on the part of voters, and the continued significance of local loyalties and rivalries, many of which pre-date the asrrival of the british tio the area in the final decades of the nineteenth century.

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