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Briefing paper

BP47: Les Malgaches et la politique: quelques enseignements tirés des enquêtes Afrobaromètre de 2005

23 Nov 2015

Democracy can not be reduced to the mode of appointment of leaders through free and transparent elections. It must also be understood more broadly by the "exercise of public reason", that is to say, by the existence of a public debate. In a democracy, citizens must be able to participate in policy discussions and influence the choices relating to collective affairs.

It is therefore essential for democracy and development in the country that politics is not a matter of professional and that everyone is able to access information, understand and discuss policy options, to intervene express preferences. Civil society can indeed play its role well informed citizens, interested and competent.