A Movements Perspective on Transparency and Accountability
Around the world peoples
organizations and movements are demanding that governments become more
transparent and accountable to citizens.
Popular mobilizations and social movements have been an important
feature of social and political life throughout modern history, but how do they
fit into a broader accountability ecosystem of formal and informal actors and
mechanisms? And just what do we mean by
social movements anyway?
In a three-part series of Think
Pieces, we seek to bring some new clarity and insights to thinking about the
role of citizen movements in the transparency and accountability space. The first think piece argued that there needs
to be further attention paid to the role of popular organizations and
movements, and to supporting their efforts around the globe. In this second piece, Mary Joyce and Tom
Walker, at the engine room, unpack
social movements, discussing characteristics, tactics, organization and
drawing some contrasts with more formal NGOs.
The nature of social movements allows them significant flexibility, but
can make it difficult for external actors to support them through traditional
mechanisms. The final think piece in
this series will suggest more productive avenues for aiding and strengthening
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