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The quest for citizen-led accountability: looking into the state

Date added: October 3, 2016

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In citizen-led accountability initiatives, we understand much more about how citizens mobilise around accountability demands than we do about what leads state agents to respond to them. This report highlights some key themes that are important in exploring the state side of the accountability equation.

The insights shared here emerged from a workshop which brought together researchers, policy specialists and practitioners working in the field of accountable governance.

The questions they asked included:

  • Which types of citizen engagement lead to which kinds of government responsiveness?
  • What makes government actors that are targeted by accountability demands change their behaviour?
  • What are the critical ingredients for supporting the development of champions of transparency and accountability within government institutions?

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