Since 2011, Morocco has gone through constant changes with
unpredictable outcomes. These changes affect citizens perception of
their political institutions and the general direction of the country.
While most of the studies have paid attention to the structure of
power and institutional framework, the role of “ordinary” people has
been neglected for a long time. Citizens were perceived as passive
agents who lack intention and will. Yet, the 2011 revolutions in the Arab
World have questioned these assumptions. Citizens are not passive, but
rather active agents of change.
Within this context, MIPA institute believes that it is important to
shed the light on “ordinary” people’s perceptions and attitudes in
order to build strong foundation for political and social participation
and strengthen the confidence in institutions. In this regard, it is
fundamental to understand the relationship between citizens and their
political institutions. This relationship is defined by social and political
trust, as the level of trust people have for their institutions denotes the
quality of political engagement and affects the outcomes of policies.

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