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Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico

Jonathan A. Fox

Abstract

How can the seeds of accountability ever grow in authoritarian environments? Embedding accountability into the state is an inherently uneven, partial, and contested process. Campaigns for public accountability often win limited concessions at best, but they can leave cracks in the system that serve as handholds for subsequent efforts to open up the state to public scrutiny. This book explores how civil society ‘thickens’ by comparing two decades of rural citizens' struggles to hold the Mexican state accountable, exploring both change and continuity before, during, and after national electoral ... More

Keywords: civil society, social movements, rural development, indigenous rights, migrant civil society, secret ballot, social capital, decentralization, World Bank, transparency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208852
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208852.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan A. Fox, author
Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
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