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Liberation technology: mobile phones and political mobilisation in Africa
Marco Manacorda and Andrea Tesei
March 2017
Paper No' CEPCP495:
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CentrePiece 22 (1) Spring 2017


JEL Classification: D74; F50; O55; L96


Tags: protests; politics; africa; mobile phones

Digital technologies have been widely used for political activism in recent years. In the first systematic test of their role as catalysts for political participation, Marco Manacorda and Andrea Tesei find that the growing use of mobile phones in Africa leads to more protests during recessions and periods of national crisis.

This article summarises ‘Liberation Technology: Mobile Phones and Political Mobilization in Africa’ by Marco Manacorda and Andrei Tesei, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1419, March 2016