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Reading the Local Context: A Causal Chain Approach to Social Accountability

Author: Joshi, A.
Publication date: 2014 (Pre-submitted version of article for IDS Bulletin 45.5)

This paper focuses on the question of ‘context’ in social accountability initiatives by separating macro and micro contextual factors. The paper outlines the basic components of accountability and proposes a ‘causal chain’ strategy to better understand the micro-context.

This would allow existing evidence to be reorganized to assess the promise of existing and new initiatives by deconstructing the various mini-causal pathways (i.e. in the micro-context) and understanding the contextual conditions that make them work.