Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848134669 Published October 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848134652 Published October 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Relational Accountability

Complexities of Structural Injustice

Joy Moncrieffe

Relational Accountability

Joy Moncrieffe

Distributed for Zed Books

208 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2011  
Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848134669 Published October 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848134652 Published October 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Accountability is a central yet vague and misunderstood term in development, which attracts little consensus on what it is or on the best route to achieving it. In this insightful new book, Moncrieffe argues that the traditionally narrow interpretation of accountability obscures relationships, power dynamics, structures, processes and complexities. The relational view, in contrast, seeks to understand the ways in which people perform in their roles as social actors, and how the quality of relationships influences the character of accountability. 

This book will provide a grounded theoretical background to accountability, using vivid case evidence to emphasize the significance of relational approaches to accountability using empirical data (from Jamaica, Haiti, Ethiopia and Uganda). Ultimately arguing that accountability is much more than a managerial concept; rather, it is deeply social and political. The result is a unique, coherent, perspective that will both explain and 'debunk' this central developmental concept.
Contents
Introduction
1. Accountability: Idea, Ideals, Constraints
2. 'Citizenships' and Relational Accountability
3. Power, Citizenships and Inequalities of Accountability
4. Power, Citizenships and Distorted Accountabilities
5. Permeating Boundaries? Compleities of Building Accountability
6. Conclusions
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