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The State of Accountability in the Global South

Challenges and Responses

9781789907506 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sylvia I. Bergh, Associate Professor in Development Management and Governance, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Senior Researcher, Centre of Expertise on Global Governance, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, Sony Pellissery, Professor, Institute of Public Policy, National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India and C. Sathyamala, Academic Researcher, Research Group: Political Ecology, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 750 6 Extent: c 304 pp
Political leaders and institutions across the Global South are continually failing to respond to the needs of their citizens. This incisive book sets out to establish the pathways to and outcomes of accountability in a development context, as well as to investigate the ways in which people can seek redress and hold their public officials to account.

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Political leaders and institutions across the Global South are continually failing to respond to the needs of their citizens. This incisive book sets out to establish the pathways to and outcomes of accountability in a development context, as well as to investigate the ways in which people can seek redress and hold their public officials to account.

Providing a timely complement to the current literature on accountability, the book features contributions from a diverse range of experienced and up-and-coming scholars and practitioners across the globe. Chapters explore questions of how improved accountability relations emerge, under what conditions they can be maintained, and what role civil-society actors, donors, and new ICT tools can and should play in developing countries. Integrating empirical case studies from Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia with a strong theoretical framework on accountability relations, the book delivers a comprehensive analysis of accountability initiatives across the Global South and ultimately reflects on how they contribute to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.

This insightful book will be an essential resource for academics, policymakers, and practitioners worldwide who are engaged in enhancing public sector accountability and implementing SDG 16. It will also help to guide social movements and citizen-led action.
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‘This insightful and comprehensive overview of diverse accountability efforts underscores persistent gaps between policy discourse, practices and outcomes. All routes to accountability turn out to be long routes. The rich case studies remind us that accountability – as both a big idea and practical goal – remains ambiguous, malleable and contested.’
– Jonathan Fox, American University, US

‘In recent years, accountability has become a popular buzzword in development. With clear and compelling cases, this important book brings empirically grounded substance to the debate, documenting multiple innovations in accountability which use a variety of strategies to contest political orders across the global south. A very useful contribution to our understanding!’
– John Gaventa, Institute of Development Studies, UK
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Contributors include: Sylvia I. Bergh, James Warner Björkman, James Hathaway, Wil Hout, Yasmin Khodary, Rachel Kurian, Sarah Lister, Meena Nair, Rose Namara, Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, Anognya Parthasarathy, Samuel Paul, Sony Pellissery, Arvind Balaji Rajasekaran, C. Sathyamala, Fletcher Tembo, Meenal Thakur, Michael Touchton, Natascha Wagner, Brian Wampler
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