Centro de Pesquisas sobre Governação e Desenvolvimento | Centre for Research on Governance and Development

Working Paper: Born Frees’ Attitudes towards Democracy in Mozambique

This publication focuses on Mozambique's Born Frees - Mozambicans born and raised since the country's first democratic multiparty elections in 1994 - and analyses their attitudes towards democracy. In searching for whether being born and growing up in a democratic context matters, this study tests the generational effect on attitudes toward democracy, controlling for other factors, using Afrobarometer survey data from 2015.

It finds that different political generations have differing attitudes towards democracy and that Mozambique’s born frees appear to be negatively associated with democracy. Discussion of these findings suggests the need for inculcating ‘apprentice-citizens’ on the workings of institutions of representative democracy; and rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship within schools.

The publication can be downloaded here.