Making Rights Real: Exploring Citizenship, Participation and Accountability

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Edited by: John Gaventa, Alex Shankland and Joanna Howard
March 2002
Volume 33 Issue 2

Around the world, a growing crisis of legitimacy characterises the relationship between citizens and the institutions that affect their lives. Citizens speak of mounting disillusionment with government, based on concerns about corruption, lack of responsiveness to the needs of the poor and the absence of a sense of connection with elected representatives and bureaucrats. Traditional forms of expertise and representation are being questioned and the rights and responsibilities of corporations and other global actors are being challenged, as global inequalities persist and deepen.

In this Bulletin, researchers associated with the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability (DRC) share emerging work around the meanings of rights and citizenship, spaces and places for participation, and new forms of accountability in different parts of the world. The DRC is coordinated at IDS and brings together researchers from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK.

Linking Citizenship, Participation and Accountability: A Perspective from PRIA
Rajesh Tandon
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Locating Citizen Participation
Andrea Cornwall
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Who speaks for whom? A look at civil society accountability in bioprospecting debates in Mexico.
Alexandra Hughes
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Participation of indigenous and rural people in the construction of developmental and environmental public policies in Mexico.
Luisa Paré, Carlos Robles, Carlos Cortes
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CITIZENSHIP, SCIENCE AND RISK
Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones, Lisa Thompson
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Exploring Citizenship, Participation and Accountability
John Gaventa
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Citizenship, affiliation and exclusion: perspectives from the south
Naila Kabeer
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Deliberative fora and the democratisation of social policies in Brazil
Vera Schattan P. Coelho, Ilza Araújo L. Andrade, Mariana Cifuentes Montoya
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Citizenship and the ‘right to education’: Perspectives from the Indian context
Ramya Subrahmanian
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From Responsibility to Citizenship? Corporate accountability for development
Peter Newell
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Making rights real in Bangladesh through collective citizen action
Simeen Mahmud
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