Conceptualizing the role of social accountability in public service delivery: a comparative study of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan

Abu Elias Sarker, Farhana Razzaque, Farhad Hossain

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Abstract

This chapter explores the effectiveness of social accountability initiatives in improving public service delivery in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Drawing upon relevant and contemporary literature, a conceptual model is developed in order to assess and compare the current state of social accountability in these three South Asian countries. The findings reveal that the effectiveness of social accountability initiatives for improving public service delivery depends on the synergy between demand and supply-driven mechanisms. There is also considerable impact of the political climate, the strength of civic groups and the appropriate institutional sphere on the outcomes of social accountability intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Asian Public Administration
EditorsM. Shamsul Haque, Wilson Wong, Kilkon Ko
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter18
Pages253–269
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781839104794
ISBN (Print)9781839104787
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Public Administration and Management

Keywords

  • social accountability
  • public service
  • civil society
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Pakistan

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