March 10, 2015 10:00 am EST
About the Webinar:
In recent years, there is a growing trend all over the world of citizens collaborating with accountability institutions –such as Ombudsman Offices and Supreme Audit Institutions– to improve government performance and access to fundamental rights. Although the nature and scope of these experiences vary widely, they have shown the potential of engaging citizens in the work of these institutions. In light of this, in this webinar, Professor Peruzzotti analyses why, how and under which conditions accountability institutions can engage and work with citizens. The webinar will also showcase many practical experiences of collaboration among these institutions and citizens in different countries and contexts.
Enrique Peruzzotti’s presentation
About the Expert:
Enrique Peruzzotti is professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the Torcuato Di Tella University and a researcher of CONICET. His areas of interest are civil society and democracy in Latin America. He has worked in various projects of civil society in Latin America, which focused on the analysis of new forms of civil politicization such as a regional movement of human rights and diverse organized initiatives demanding accountability.
Enrique Peruzzotti was a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (2009-2010). He has been visiting researcher in the The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, UNRISD, The National Endowment for Democracy, LSE, The University of New Mexico, and visiting professor in The American University of Paris, FLACSO Ecuador, University of Kentucky, The National University of Rosario and the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has published numerous books and articles on democratization and social control in Latin America.
The following two articles are related to the webinar that will be presented:
Enrique Peruzzotti (2012). “The Societalization of Horizontal Accountability: Rights Advocacy and the Defensor del Pueblo de la Nacion in Argentina” in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds.) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change. Assessing National Human Rights Institutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Enrique Peruzzotti (2012) “Broadening the Notion of Democratic Accountability: Participatory Innovation in Latin America” Polity, Volume 44, Number 4.