Determinants of UAE Voters’ Preferences for Federal National Council Candidates

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    The purpose of this study was to explore the voting behavior in United Arab Emirates by asking 1,800 citizens about which criteria they used to vote for a particular candidate in the past Federal National Council elections. Using descriptive statistics, the study showed that although patron-client networks played a role in voter's preferences — as existing literature about Middle East voters’ behavior has established — they were superseded by personal attributes and the impact of candidates’ campaigns. Emiratis voted for candidates based on three groups of factors, namely: 1) personal characteristics of the candidate including: public speaking skills, political experience, age, gender and educational level; 2) impact of a candidate's campaign including electoral promises and content of the campaign; and 3) patron-client networks including having personal and kinship relationship with candidate. The study showed that religious, political, and personal appearance factors were insignificant.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-235
    Number of pages23
    JournalDomes : digest of Middle East studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Religious studies
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations
    • Law


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