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Democratic Accountability and Service Delivery: A Desk Review

Andrés Mejía Acosta

Publisher: International IDEA

January 2013

This paper seeks to identify and document how different modalities of democratic accountability are linked to improved service delivery in developing democracies. The work extends an agenda proposed by International IDEA’s Democracy and Development programme to better understand the workings of accountability mechanisms. This paper addresses a double democratic challenge: to strengthen formal and legal mechanisms that allow citizens to articulate and voice their policy concerns, and to encourage elected and non-elected representatives to effectively respond to the provision of public services.

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