Outsourcing in the factory of democracy: notes about participation in Morocco
This articles investigates some political meanings of the participatory dynamics introduced in Morocco by the launch of the National Initiative for Human Development in 2005. The participatory mechanisms introduced are coherent with the mainstream discourse on development and democratization. The strategy proposed to observe their very political implications starts from a distinction between the participation as a technique invoked by the development discourse, and the participation as a practice that interacts with wider socio-political conditions of the political arena. First, participatory mechanisms are observed focusing on their instrumental and procedural characteristics. Then, they are put in relation with some patterns of the government style that characterizes their implementation.