By Jonathan A. Fox
How can the seeds of responsibility ever develop in authoritarian environments? Embedding responsibility into the kingdom is an inherently asymmetric, partial and contested approach. Campaigns for public responsibility usually win constrained concessions at most sensible, yet they could depart cracks within the procedure that function handholds for next efforts to open up the country to public scrutiny. This e-book explores the how civil society ''thickens'' through evaluating 20 years of rural voters' struggles to carry the Mexican nation responsible, exploring either swap and continuity prior to, in the course of, and after nationwide electoral turning issues. The e-book addresses how a lot power-sharing rather occurs in coverage strategies that come with participatory social and environmental councils, citizen oversight of elections, neighborhood executive social funding money, participation reforms in global financial institution tasks, 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 electorate think about their go out thoughts, as hundreds of thousands migrate to the USA, the place many have on the grounds that come jointly in a brand new migrant civil society. due to the fact that reasons of electoral switch don't account for a way humans truly event the nation, this publication concludes that new analytical frameworks are had to comprehend ''transitions to accountability.'' This includes unpacking the interplay among participation, transparency and responsibility. Oxford reports in Democratization is a sequence for students and scholars of comparative politics and similar disciplines. Volumes pay attention to the comparative learn of the democratization strategy that followed the decline and termination of the chilly conflict. The geographical concentration of the sequence is basically Latin the United States, the Caribbean, Southern and jap Europe, and proper studies in Africa and Asia. The sequence editor is Laurence Whitehead, legitimate Fellow, Nuffield collage, college of Oxford.
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Mexico’s sharp increase in rural out-migration rates during the 1990s was not simply a continuation of long-term structural trends, but was also accelerated by speciﬁc national policy choices. This chapter suggests that many of those who left the countryside to seek a better future in the USA turned to exit partly in response to their lack of voice. Yet many later found a collective voice as migrants—both in their home communities and in the USA. ’ This chapter explores this new concept by exploring how migrants have forged collective civic, social, and political identities, transcending kinship networks and microlevel transnational communities.
This approach complicates the vertical/horizontal framework by taking into account multiple levels of state–society relations—subnational, national, and international— as well as the interaction between them. The ﬁrst set of propositions analyzes intrastate accountability agencies, while the second explores the dynamics of accountability politics within civil society itself. Propositions for Discussion: Intrastate Accountability Agencies This set of analytical propositions about the role of civil society in horizontal accountability focuses on state institutions, with an emphasis on the interdependence between vertical and horizontal accountability.
The uneven and partial reach of accountability reforms reﬂects the institutional imbalances that characterize many nation-states, especially regarding the rule of law. 2 Yet causal explanations of when and where civil society manages to inﬂuence public accountability remain underspeciﬁed. 3 For example, while independent mass media can act 1 This is a revised and translated version of Fox (2006a), which draws on Fox (2000b). That ﬁrst paper beneﬁted from comments from John Ackerman, Scott Mainwaring, Gerry Munck, Guillermo O’Donnell, Pablo Policzer, Benjamin Temkin, Eva Thorne, and Chris Welna.
Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico by Jonathan A. Fox