Democracy or Accountability? Governance and Social Spending in Africa

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Title: Democracy or Accountability? Governance and Social Spending in Africa
Authors: Kumah, Stephanie
Brazys, Samuel
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Date: 15-Jan-2016
Abstract: In recent years, democracy has often served as shorthand for good governance when considering what facilitates development-friendly public expenditure. While recognising the sufficiency of democracy, we argue that it is accountability, achievable outside full democracy, that is the necessary component of governance. However, vague conceptualisations of accountability as 'responsiveness' or 'answerability' have prevented empirical work from exploring the relationship between accountability and public spending. In this paper we develop an understanding of accountability as the interaction between opposition, transparency, and enforcement and test its impact on social spending in Africa in both the presence and absence of electoral institutions.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Copyright (published version): 2016 Taylor and Francis
Keywords: Accountability;Developing countries;Public spending
DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1087513
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
Geary Institute Research Collection

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