Social Accountability

There has been a profound shift in the accountability discourse, both in terms of who demands accountability and the mechanisms through which it is demanded, in the last decade. Non-state actors – social movements, non-governmental organizations and the media – have emerged as a powerful force. Also known as social accountability, this body of research aims at understanding social accountability by studying the dynamics of citizen-state engagement – the chief instruments, conditions for successes and challenges, and lessons in the Indian context.