George Ofosu

George Ofosu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. He specialises in comparative politics and quantitative methods and his research focuses on electoral fraud, the effects of domestic election monitoring, electoral accountability, and the political economy of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Content by George Ofosu
  • Publication - Project Report

    Do chiefs' endorsements affect voter behaviour?

    We study whether and why traditional leaders can influence voter behaviour using real endorsement messages made by chiefs in support of the incumbent presidential candidate during Ghana’s 2020 presidential elections. Using an experimental design, we document a positive impact of endorsement messages on vote choice, but not on turnout. We find that the effect of chiefs’...

    17 Sep 2021 | Sarah Brierley, George Ofosu

  • Project

    Do endorsements by traditional leaders affect voter attitudes?

    Traditional leaders or chiefs are believed to wield significant influence on their subjects' civic engagement, political participation, and vote choice. Scholars argue that the source of their legitimacy – historical socio-cultural customs – and subjects' trust and reverence enable them to help elected officials mobilise citizens to contribute their labour to community...

    14 Jul 2021 | Sarah Brierley, George Ofosu

  • Blog post

    The impact of parliamentary debates on Ghana’s 2016 elections

    Both televised and radio debates increase informed and tolerant voter behaviour, boding well for peaceful elections in young democracies. Electoral debates have a long history in democratic politics. The most famous such event was the televised interaction between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960. Today, debates are held in over 60 countries across all regions of the world, from...

    18 Aug 2017 | Sarah Brierley, Eric Kramon, George Ofosu

  • Project

    Do candidate debates strengthen democracy? A field experiment on the effects of debates on voter behaviour and electoral accountability

    Candidate debates are currently held in over 60 countries around the world. Increasingly, they are being held in developing countries with financial support from international democracy-promotion organisations on the grounds that they strengthen democracy. In developing democracies, debates have the potential to provide valuable information to citizens on the character and...

    9 Jan 2017 | Sarah Brierley, Eric Kramon, George Ofosu