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By Sina Odugbemi,Taeku Lee

Accountability has turn into a buzzword in overseas improvement. improvement actors seem to take pleasure in saying their purpose to 'promote responsibility' however it is usually uncertain what responsibility is and the way it may be promoted. This publication addresses a few questions which are an important to knowing responsibility and for realizing why responsibility is critical to enhance the effectiveness of improvement relief. We ask: What does it suggest to make governments responsible to their voters? How do you do this? How do you create real call for for responsibility between electorate, how do you progress electorate from inertia to public motion? the most argument of this e-book is that responsibility is an issue of public opinion. Governments will purely be dependable if there are incentives for them to do so?and in simple terms an energetic and significant public will swap the incentives of presidency officers to cause them to attentive to electorate? calls for. responsibility with no public opinion is a...

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The power they fear is the power of public opinion, because they know that much of their power and legitimacy depends on it (Hume 1987 [1742]). We argue that, by the same token, at the heart of any serious analysis of direct accountability is the nature of regulative public opinion. That is what we seek to demonstrate in this volume. Coda on the Arab Spring: March 2011 As this volume is going into production, the literal embodiment of “accountability through public opinion” has been spreading like wildfire in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

2 The (Im)Possibility of Mobilizing Public Opinion? Taeku Lee The basic charge of this volume is as simple as it is elusive. How can individual incentives and institutional mechanisms be designed and used to generate genuine demands for accountability? The problematic is simple because its underlying logic is transparent. Social accountability mechanisms, properly designed, should improve the ability of state actors and the development community to read accurately the needs of the populations they serve and provide the public goods and public policies that match those needs.

How can individual incentives and institutional mechanisms be designed and used to generate genuine demands for accountability? The problematic is simple because its underlying logic is transparent. Social accountability mechanisms, properly designed, should improve the ability of state actors and the development community to read accurately the needs of the populations they serve and provide the public goods and public policies that match those needs. I take accountability here to be a benchmark of good governance that finds evidence of its presence in the conjoint occurrence of three outcomes: transparency in the relationship between principals and agents, a sense of obligation among agents to be responsive to their principals, and the power for principals to punish or pink-slip their agents if they do not do so.

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