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Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. Learn more. While the issue of the role of the private sector in development is very much on the agenda of donors and governments, mainstream Corporate Social Responsibility CSR debates continue to neglect questions with regard to the accountability of companies to the communities in which they invest.
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Liberal notions of CSR place great emphasis on voluntary, partnership and market based approaches to tackling social and environmental problems and managing conflict. This is particularly so when viewed from the perspective of communities pursuing corporate accountability in the absence of donor, NGO or government pressure for company reform.
This article therefore explores the different tools that poorer communities have developed in order to construct mechanisms of corporate accountability. Recent work in India is drawn upon to ground the analysis, but reference is made to many other cases in different regions of the world and across a variety of sectors.
Power disparities and how to contest them emerge as key, however, and their neglect within mainstream CSR approaches undermines their ability to address issues of corporate accountability in situations characterized by sharp inequities in power. The emphasis here is on the process of promoting corporate accountability, and the relations of power that underpin these, rather than the achievement of more narrowly defined indicators of corporate performance.
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Read the full text. Tools Request permission Export citation Add to favorites Track citation. Share Give access Share full text access. Share full text access. I find in you a dependable source for building the capacity of our new organisation Citizens Voice Initiative to deliver our mission of mobilizing the citizens of my country Nigeria and the world to engender social change through the use of their voices to make informed demands on their institutions and governments.
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I shall remain grateful to you on this discovery. Skip to main content. Citizen Participation and Accountability. How do citizens participate in claiming accountability? They report on a range of approaches for citizen participation in TAIs from different parts of the world, including Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys , citizen report cards , score cards , social audits and community monitoring have all been used to develop direct accountability relationships between service users and service providers. Participatory budgeting , sector-specific budget monitoring and participatory audits have all been used to improve citizen engagement in the management of public finances.
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They cluster the positive outcomes of citizen engagement into four main categories. Construction of citizenship. Increased civic and political knowledge; a greater sense of empowerment and agency. Practices of citizen participation. Increased capacities for collective action; new forms of participation; deepening of networks and solidarities. Responsive and accountable states. Greater access to state services and resources; greater realisation of rights; enhanced state responsiveness and accountability Inclusive and cohesive societies.
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Inclusion of new actors and issues in public spaces; greater cohesion across social groups. Your name. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
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