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 country is an inherently asymmetric, partial and contested approach. Campaigns for public responsibility frequently win restricted concessions at most sensible, yet they could depart cracks within the method that function handholds for next efforts to open up the country to public scrutiny. This booklet explores the how civil society ''thickens'' through evaluating twenty years of rural electorate' struggles to carry the Mexican kingdom in charge, exploring either swap and continuity sooner than, in the course of, and after nationwide electoral turning issues. The e-book addresses how a lot power-sharing quite occurs in coverage thoughts that come with participatory social and environmental councils, citizen oversight of elections, neighborhood executive social funding cash, participation reforms in global financial institution initiatives, community-managed foodstuff courses, in addition to new social oversight and public details entry reforms. in the meantime, efforts to workout voice spread even as rural voters think about their go out suggestions, as hundreds of thousands migrate to the U.S., the place many have considering come jointly in a brand new migrant civil society. because reasons of electoral swap don't account for the way humans truly adventure the kingdom, this booklet concludes that new analytical frameworks are had to comprehend ''transitions to accountability.'' This includes unpacking the interplay among participation, transparency and responsibility. Oxford experiences in Democratization is a chain for students and scholars of comparative politics and comparable disciplines. Volumes pay attention to the comparative learn of the democratization procedure that followed the decline and termination of the chilly conflict. The geographical concentration of the sequence is basically Latin the USA, the Caribbean, Southern and japanese Europe, and suitable stories in Africa and Asia. The sequence editor is Laurence Whitehead, respectable Fellow, Nuffield university, collage of Oxford.

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See further discussion in Chapter 3. Civil Society and Accountability Politics 27 4 as watchdogs, they can also fail to exercise that capacity. Moreover, civil society itself—like the state—is often divided between advocates and opponents of accountability. The conceptual discussion of accountability has made significant progress in the past decade, but significant challenges remain. The point of departure here is that we have robust ideas for describing different genres of accountability, but they have not yet been sufficient to generate analytical frameworks that capture the dynamics that construct accountability—processes that are inherently uneven and often incomplete.

A new generation of organized Mexican migrants is engaging with both US and Mexican states and societies at the same time, constructing practices of ‘civic binationality’ that challenge the pressures from both national political systems and cultures to oblige them to define their engagements in terms of mutually exclusive nation-states. The empirical discussion compares a range of organizations that emerge from different migrant collective identities, including territorial, religious, worker, and ethnic-based forms of membership.

To the degree that the autonomy and capacity of civil society is a key variable influencing public accountability, subnational variation across regions, sectors, and social groups is a given. For example, one recent study applied the subnational comparative method to Amartya Sen’s classic proposition that the existence of a free press encourages accountable governance, focusing on responses to famine. Besley and Burgess test this proposition at the subnational level, comparing different Indian states in terms of their responsiveness to food crises.

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