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Title:The youth and political ideology in Ghanaian politics: the case of the Fourth Republic
Author:Van Gyampo, Ransford EdwardISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Ghana
political ideologies
political parties
External links:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ad/article/view/87528
Abstract:Youth in Ghana have played an important role in both local and national politics since the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1992. Among other things, they have served as the foot-soldiers and channels through which party manifestoes have been transmitted to the electorate and polling agents during registration and voting exercises. Through chanting of their party slogans and house-to-house campaign, youth have often made the presence of their various parties felt across the country. In developed democracies, a key factor that motivates youth in playing an active role in politics is political ideology. This is because political ideology largely shapes the political future of youth, especially students in tertiary institutions. A survey was conducted between 5 and 27 April 2007 to test the relevance of political ideology for youth in determining the outcome of elections in the ruling NPP (National Patriotic Party) and the opposition NDC (National Democratic Congress). The survey was conducted among youth aged between 15-39 selected from the Accra metropolis and Tema municipality to represent the southern sector of Ghana, and Tamale metropolis to represent the northern sector. The survey shows that political ideology, though relevant, contributes little in whipping up support for political parties among Ghanaian youth. The article discusses the reasons for this seeming irrelevance of political ideology. It recommends a massive campaign by political parties to educate youth on their respective political ideologies, their relevance and the need to uphold them. It also stresses the need for party leaders themselves to insist on ideological purity in all their dealings with other parties to serve as an example for youth to emulate. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]