Accountability Through Public Opinion

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Accountability has become a buzzword in international development. Development actors appear to delight in announcing their intention to promote accountability--but it is often unclear what accountabi...
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Accountability has become a buzzword in international development. Development actors appear to delight in announcing their intention to promote accountability--but it is often unclear what accountability is and how it can be promoted. This book addresses some questions that are crucial to understanding accountability and for understanding why accountability is important to improve the effectiveness of development aid. We ask: What does it mean to make governments accountable to their citizens? How do you do that? How do you create genuine demand for accountability among citizens, how do you move citizens from inertia to public action? The main argument of this book is that accountability is a matter of public opinion. Governments will only be accountable if there are incentives for them to do so--and only an active and critical public will change the incentives of government officials to make them responsive to citizens demands. Accountability without public opinion is a technocratic, but not an effective solution.
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ISBN/EAN 9780821385050
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