About the Webinar
In this webinar, Jonathan Fox will discuss impacts and lessons learned from the evidence offered by different strategies on social accountability.
Social accountability strategies try to improve public sector performance by bolstering both citizen engagement and government responsiveness. In practice, social accountability (SAcc) is an evolving umbrella category, including citizen monitoring, oversight and feedback on public sector performance, user-centered public information access and dissemination, public complaint and grievance redress mechanisms, as well as citizen participation in resource allocation decisions, such as participatory budgeting. In this webinar Jonathan Fox will review what works in terms of social accountability initiatives and why. He will also discuss the “next generation” challenges and the next steps for pro-accountability governance and reform.
About the Author
Jonathan Fox joined the faculty of the School of International Service at American University in August, 2013, where he teaches in the International Development Program. He comes to Washington DC from the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He began teaching at UCSC in 1996, and served twice as chair of the LALS Department. He has held fellowships in Washington, D.C. with the Council on Foreign Relations (1995-1996) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2004-2005). He received his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, where he later served on the faculty (1988- 1995). His long-term research interests include transparency and accountability, democratization, governance, social movements, social and environmental policy, transnational civil society, immigration, race, ethnicity and youth studies. His current research focuses on international open government reforms and Mexican rural development policy. He works with the Mexican public interest website subsidiosalcampo.org.mx, and collaborates with civic groups in southern Mexico to develop their capacity to monitor social investment and agricultural policies. He also works with the Open Government Partnership, serving on the International Expert Panel of its Independent Reporting Mechanism.