|Title||Party Building and Politician Defection in Zambia|
|C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale||
We conduct a survey experiment of parliamentary candidates in Zambia. In the context of countries with nascent political party systems, the survey seeks to understand the factors influencing individual politicians in their choices over party affiliation and defection, leadership endorsements, campaign entry, campaign financing, and policy positions. Embedded in the survey is an experiment that uses randomized conjoint analysis. Drawing on hypotheses from the existing literature on political parties and African politics, we assess candidate preferences by asking respondents to choose their preferred party from among hypothetically generated pairs of parties.
|C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?||
H1 (Party Structure): Candidates are more likely to prefer political parties that have a high level of party organization and institutionalization, with participatory mechanisms for the selection of the party leadership.
|C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *||
We use conjoint analysis to test hypotheses derived from the existing literature. We present respondents with two profiles of hypothetical parties generated from eight attributes, and we ask them to make a choice between them.
|C5 Scale (# of Units)||125|
|C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection?||No|
|C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval?||Yes|
|C8 IRB Number||2015-12-8222|
|C9 Date of IRB Approval||01/13/2016|
|C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party?||Researchers|
|C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research?||No|
|C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published?||No|
|C13 JEL Classification(s)||not provided by authors|