Reinventing Accountability: Making Human Democracy Work for Human Development

Published on 1 January 2006

Democracy’s recent proliferation has given millions a political voice, while revealing the difficulties of holding elected governments accountable. This book analyzes the worldwide wave of experimentation with new means of holding powerful actors – public and private, national and transnational – accountable. It traces the multiple deprivations faced by poor people in developing countries back to failures in conventional accountability institutions. The authors argue that a ‘new accountability agenda’ is in the making and consider whether the reinvention of accountability can make democracy work for the poor.


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Anne Marie Goetz

Emeritus Fellow

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Goetz, A. M and Jenkins, R
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