Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico by Jonathan A. FoxAccountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico by Jonathan A. Fox

Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico

byJonathan A. Fox

Hardcover | December 13, 2007

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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 thatserve as handholds for subsequent efforts to open up the state to public scrutiny. This book explores the 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 turning points. The book addresses how much power-sharing really happensin policy innovations that include participatory social and environmental councils, citizen oversight of elections, local government social investment funds, participation reforms in World Bank projects, community-managed food programs, as well as new social oversight and public information accessreforms. Meanwhile, efforts to exercise voice unfold at the same time as rural citizens consider their exit options, as millions migrate to the US, where many have since come together in a new migrant civil society.Since explanations of electoral change do not account for how people actually experience the state, this book concludes that new analytical frameworks are needed to understand "transitions to accountability."This involves unpacking the interaction between participation, transparency andaccountability. Oxford Studies in Democratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization process that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of the series isprimarily Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and relevant experiences in Africa and Asia. The series editor is Laurence Whitehead, Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Jonathan Fox was born in New York City and studied politics at Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Professor in the interdisciplinary Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published widely on issues of development policy, democratization, ...
Title:Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural MexicoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.23 inPublished:December 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Accountability Challenges: Disentangling State and Regime2. Civil Society and Accountability Politics3. How Does Civil Society Thicken? The Political Construction of Social Capital4. Offsetting the "Iron Law of Oligarchy:"The Challenge of Internal Democracy5. The Invisible Problem of the Secret Ballot in the Countryside: What Counts as Free and Fair?6. Contrasting Theory and Practice: The World Bank and Social Capital in Rural Mexico7. Decentralizing Decentralization: Mexico's Invisible Fourth Level of the State8. Comparing Regional Rural Development Councils: Do "Invited Spaces"Empower?9. Accessing Accountability: Individual vs Collective Voices10. Mexico's Migrant Civil Society: Exit Followed by Voice11. Mapping Accountability PathwaysBibliography