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Les sciences sociales au service du débat démocratique au Sud:enjeux, supports, retombées. Résultats d'expériences dans le champ de l'économie et de la statistique

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  • Javier Herrera

    () (DIAL, IRD, Paris)

  • Mireille Razafindrakoto

    () (DIAL, IRD, Paris)

  • François Roubaud

    () (DIAL, IRD, Paris)

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(english) While researchers are increasingly encouraged to refocus their publishing activities towards so called “excellence” academic journals, the question of knowledge dissemination and its role in developing countries becomes more acute. This dilemma, whereby any scientist is confronted, affects even more social sciences since they bear directly on topics and social issues where social demand is huge and unsatisfied, especially in the South. This contribution proposes to make explicit the foundations of this contradiction and discuss the potential role of communication strategies of research results and practical consequences which they generate. It addresses, inter alia, the question of media, targeted audiences, communication language, its effects and risks for the researcher when it deals with politically sensitive issues (corruption, discrimination, evaluation of public policies, etc.). This contribution feed on author’s experiences over the past 20 years in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia. _________________________________ (français) A l'heure où les chercheurs sont de plus en plus incités à recentrer leurs activités de publication sur les revues académiques dites "d'excellence", la question de la diffusion des savoirs et de son rôle dans les pays en développement se pose avec une acuité accrue. Ce dilemme, auquel tout scientifique est confronté, affecte d'autant plus les sciences sociales que ces dernières portent directement sur des sujets et des enjeux de société où la demande sociale est immense et insatisfaite, tout spécialement au Sud. Cette contribution se propose d'expliciter les fondements de cette contradiction, de s'interroger sur le rôle potentiel des stratégies de communication des résultats de la recherche et des effets pratiques qu'elles engendrent. Elle aborde, entre autres, la question des supports, des publics visés, de la langue de communication, de ses effets et des risques pour le chercheur lorsqu'il aborde des sujets politiquement sensibles (corruption, discriminations, évaluation des politiques publiques, etc.). Elle se nourrit des expériences menées par les auteurs en Afrique sub-saharienne, en Amérique latine et en Asie depuis une vingtaine d'années.

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  • Javier Herrera & Mireille Razafindrakoto & François Roubaud, 2013. "Les sciences sociales au service du débat démocratique au Sud:enjeux, supports, retombées. Résultats d'expériences dans le champ de l'économie et de la statistique," Working Papers DT/2013/02, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).
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    1. Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, François, 2010. "Are International Databases on Corruption Reliable? A Comparison of Expert Opinion Surveys and Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(8), pages 1057-1069, August.
    2. William Easterly & Ross Levine, 1997. "Africa's Growth Tragedy: Policies and Ethnic Divisions," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 112(4), pages 1203-1250.
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    Keywords

    democracy; developing countries; dissemination; ethical code; media; statistics; surveys; code éthique; démocratie; diffusion; médias; pays en développement; statistique.;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists

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