Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico by Jonathan A. Fox

By Jonathan A. Fox

How can the seeds of responsibility ever develop in authoritarian environments? Embedding responsibility into the nation is an inherently asymmetric, partial and contested method. Campaigns for public responsibility frequently win constrained concessions at top, yet they could go away cracks within the process that function handholds for next efforts to open up the country to public scrutiny. This ebook explores the how civil society ''thickens'' by way of evaluating twenty years of rural voters' struggles to carry the Mexican country dependable, exploring either switch and continuity earlier than, in the course of, and after nationwide electoral turning issues. The e-book addresses how a lot power-sharing quite occurs in coverage strategies that come with participatory social and environmental councils, citizen oversight of elections, neighborhood govt social funding cash, participation reforms in global financial institution tasks, community-managed meals courses, in addition to new social oversight and public info entry reforms. in the meantime, efforts to workout voice spread even as rural voters give some thought to their go out thoughts, as hundreds of thousands migrate to the U.S., the place many have due to the fact come jointly in a brand new migrant civil society. considering the fact that motives of electoral swap don't account for a way humans truly event the country, this ebook concludes that new analytical frameworks are had to comprehend ''transitions to accountability.'' This includes unpacking the interplay among participation, transparency and responsibility. Oxford stories in Democratization is a chain for students and scholars of comparative politics and similar disciplines. Volumes pay attention to the comparative examine of the democratization strategy that observed the decline and termination of the chilly conflict. The geographical concentration of the sequence is basically Latin the USA, the Caribbean, Southern and jap Europe, and proper reports in Africa and Asia. The sequence editor is Laurence Whitehead, reputable Fellow, Nuffield collage, college of Oxford.

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As Bovens puts it, ‘the connection between responsibility and sanction is . . ambiguous. Even without (formal) sanctions, processes of calling to account can be meaningful and produce learning effects. In the first place, . . sanction is an elastic concept. . (F)or many people, the fact that one must appear before a forum in order to explain one’s conduct is already experienced as a demarche. It signifies that one is not trusted. . The sanction is therefore present in the very process of being held responsible’ (1998: 40).

Civil Society and Accountability Politics 35 and societal accountability, respectively. This approach complicates the vertical/horizontal framework by taking into account multiple levels of state–society relations—subnational, national, and international— as well as the interaction between them. The first set of propositions analyzes intrastate accountability agencies, while the second explores the dynamics of accountability politics within civil society itself. Propositions for Discussion: Intrastate Accountability Agencies This set of analytical propositions about the role of civil society in horizontal accountability focuses on state institutions, with an emphasis on the interdependence between vertical and horizontal accountability.

This approach complicates the vertical/horizontal framework by taking into account multiple levels of state–society relations—subnational, national, and international— as well as the interaction between them. The first set of propositions analyzes intrastate accountability agencies, while the second explores the dynamics of accountability politics within civil society itself. Propositions for Discussion: Intrastate Accountability Agencies This set of analytical propositions about the role of civil society in horizontal accountability focuses on state institutions, with an emphasis on the interdependence between vertical and horizontal accountability.

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