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Land Politics, Trust Relations in Government and Land Reform in South Africa: Experiences from the Western and Northern Cape Provinces

"The land question, as it is posed academically in South Africa, is at the cutting edge of the development debate. Should land held by poor peasants, often under some kind of communal tenure, be reorganised as private property and absorbed into the…

The Autocratic Trust Bias: Politically Sensitive Survey Items and Self-censorhip

Because of a perceived risk of repressive action, some survey questions are likely sensitive in more autocratic countries while less so in more democratic countries. Yet survey data on potentially sensitive topics are frequently used in comparativ…

Fear and Trust: Explaining Professed Popular Trust in Zimbabwe's Presidents

Popular trust in public institutions and officials is an important indicator of political legitimacy, a key resource for the development and functioning of modern democracies. However, some analysts argue that while trust is important in a democracy…

Morocco Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Trust to Anxiety

The data presented in this Policy Brief focus on the Moroccan population’s perception of the Covid-19 pandemic and the public policies designed to curb it. These data are derived from a survey conducted by the Policy Center for the New South based o…

Le Maroc Face à la Pandémie COVID-19: De la Confiance à L’inquiétude / Morocco Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Trust to Anxiety

The data presented in this Policy Brief focus on the Moroccan population’s perception of the Covid-19 pandemic and the public policies designed to curb it. These data are derived from a survey conducted by the Policy Center for the New South based o…

Citizen's Endorse Traditional Leaders, see Greater Role in Contemporary Lesotho

Studies on the role of traditional leaders in post-independence African societies show that they have remained relevant in most countries across the continent. Rather than wither in the face of Africa’s progression toward democracy, traditional lead…

State of the Nation: Insights on South African Society, Economy and Politics

In anticipation of the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has produced this succinct policy brief assessing where we are as a nation and the opportunities that we can leverage in the interest of st…

Who Wants COVID-19 Vaccination? In 5 West African Countries, Hesitancy is High, Trust Low

Although Africa has so far been spared the massive COVID-19 death tolls experienced in some other regions, health officials are urgently advising African leaders to launch mass vaccination campaigns. The World Health Organization reports that countr…

Traditional Authority and State Legitimacy: Evidence from Namibia

Do African traditional leaders weaken state legitimacy at the local level? Past scholarship raises the possibility that unelected chiefs might undermine trust in national-level institutions. Relying on an original map of areas governed by chiefs a…

Manque de Confiance, Corruption et COVID-19, les Togolais Néanmoins Favorables à Obéir à Leur Gouvernement / Lack of Trust, Corruption and COVID-19, Togolese Nevertheless Prefer Obeying the Government.

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in November 2019 in China, this pandemic has brought back to the international stage the importance of trust between rulers and ruled in a particular context of need for health crisis communication strategi…

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