International Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance

Central African Perspectives

By Institut de recherche et débat sur la gouvernance - IRG

Yaoundé Meeting

Activity : International Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance

Release Date: 2013 ; Number of pages : 80

Material Type : Colloquium Proceedings

Geographical areas : Center Africa

KeyWords : Legitimate governance

Language: English

What founds the legitimacy of a state?

What creates the support of the people to power embodied by the state? In Central Africa, are there other institutions - religious, traditional, community based - that compete with states in their role of legitimate authority?

Gathered over three days of debate, the Yaoundé Meeting participants came to share their experiences and opinions so as to collectively find concrete answers to these questions.

Beyond reflections on the legitimacy of state power, the challenge is to recreate cohesion in our societies. How to take social diversity into account in the collective social contract? To which extent do the exercise of power and public action need to be transformed to meet these challenges?

In what way can a constitution legally transcribe the establishment of a new social contract, more inclusive of diversity?

Based on the experiences of the African, South American, and European participants, the IRG proposes in this work a perspective of the debates of this fourth stage of the International Meeting Process for Debate and Proposals on Governance in Africa.

No definitive statements but key elements to inform and enrich our understanding of the state in times of political crisis.

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Documents associated with this book


  • Part 1 - Sources of Power Legitimacy in Central Africa: a “Competitive Diversity” [pdf - link]
  • Part 2 - The Articulation of Sources of Legitimacy [pdf - link]
  • Part 3 - Constitutions and Constitutionalism: which Process for Legitimate Governance? [pdf - link]