Using Representative Opinion Surveys in the African Peer Review Mechanism Process

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Abstract

Opinion surveys capture public perceptions. What are the key considerations when designing and implementing them in the APRM? All participating countries in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process have had to struggle with the long, complex and sometimes confusing and intimidating Self-Assessment Questionnaire covering key issues in four thematic areas: democracy and political governance, economic governance, corporate governance, and socio-economic development. Answering these questionnaires risks becoming a highly technical exercise, accessible only to experts and elites. But the APRM also requires that the voices and views of ordinary citizens be heard and incorporated. One practice that is becoming standard is conducting nationally representative opinion surveys among the population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrappling with Governance
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on the African Peer Review Mechanism
Place of PublicationPretoria
Pages93-106
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • governance
  • peer review
  • opinion surveys
  • African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

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Mattes, R. (2010). Using Representative Opinion Surveys in the African Peer Review Mechanism Process. In Grappling with Governance: Perspectives on the African Peer Review Mechanism (pp. 93-106). Pretoria.