Engaging Accountability: Working Paper Series

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In the last decade or so non-state actors – social movements, non-governmental organizations and the media- have emerged as a powerful force through which demands for accountability are being articulated. Often referred to as social accountability, these new claims signal a profound shift in the accountability discourse both in terms of who demands accountability and the mechanisms through which it is demanded.

Despite the proliferation of these efforts, analytical work remains limited. We know very little about the nature, form and challenges of these new modes of state-engagement: What are the chief instruments? What works, in what contexts? What are the lessons that can be drawn from them?

The ‘Engaging Accountability’ working paper series is an effort to address these questions in the India context.