Where Accountability Meets Governance: Globalization, Participation and Corruption

  • Anne Marie Goetz
  • Rob Jenkins
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Having outlined the book’s main arguments and introduced the conceptual distinctions that must inform any analysis of accountability, we now situate accountability within three key debates in the study of governance in developing countries. This chapter’s main purpose is to advance further the set of theoretical propositions set forth in Chapter 1. These concern three relationships: (1) between globalization and the upsurge in accountability-seeking; (2) between accountability processes and participation (or ‘voice’), including the implications for conceptions of human development; and (3) between different types of accountability failure.


European Union Civil Society Ordinary People Political Freedom Network Governance 
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