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This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Madagascar as revealed over the course of two Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 2005 and 2008 (May-June 2005, N=1350; June-July 2008, N=1350... Read more
A summary of the Round 4 survey results in Ghana (2008). Read more
One of the foremost responsibilities of any government is to provide a secure environment in which the general public can survive and thrive. But not all governments have met this obligation with the same degree of commitment or effectiveness. Read more
BP65: Public attitudes towards economic conditions and government performance: First results of Afrobarometer 2008 surveys in Madagascar
In 2008, Madagascans tended to hold a somewhat mixed and increasingly dim view of the state of their national economy. 28% of Madagascans thought their economy was in a poor state and 24% viewed it as healthy – 11 percentage points lower than in 2005.... Read more
BP64: Madagascans and democracy: Principles, practice and participation
Madagascans are clearly very keen to preserve key civil liberties: freedom of expression, the right to organize and freedom of the press. These attitudes, which were already apparent in the 2005 survey, appear to be even more strongly felt in 2008. The... Read more
BP63: Governance in Madagascar: Scope and limits of the fight against corruption and decentralization
Madagascans view corruption as an endemic problem affecting the entire administrative and political life of their country. However, a number of indications point to improvements in this area since 2005. First of all, there are now fewer critics of the... Read more
Do popular assessments of the Government of Botswana’s performance match these high ratings offered by the international community? To find out, the Afrobarometer sought to elicit popular evaluations of government effectiveness on the issues that matter... Read more
This briefing focuses on the commitment of Batswana to democracy and elections as a system of government. We find that despite some reasons for concern, such as the lengthy dominance of politics by a single party, and the entry of former military leaders... Read more
Botswana has been known for its tolerance of freedom of speech and independence of the media. Tswana traditional society was based on freedom of speech where individuals could state their views without fear. This freedom of speech, which was coincident... Read more
This brief addresses the state of the Parliament in Tanzania. In particular, we ask how Tanzanians themselves prioritize the various responsibilities of an MP. And we explore how well their MPs are doing at fulfilling these diverse roles. Read more

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