The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda 16 calls for achieving development by deepening the standards of accountability: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. This global commitment for accountability and inclusiveness inspires this conference. Since the publication of the World Development Report of 2004 (Making Services Work for Poor People) there has been renewed interest to restructure the relationship between the state and citizens in the service delivery settings. Good service delivery practices are found to be missing in those contexts and places where the services are most needed. The quality of services are systemically structured by factors such as service sector characteristics, fragility of civic mobilization, political cultures interfering with bureaucratic autonomy, and weak legislative and judicial institutions . While state capacity may be limited in the Global South, such a crisis opens up an opportunity for innovations, which may prove to be useful for different types of challenges encountered in the Global North. Therefore, we see a strong possibility of global knowledge sharing on the state of accountability. For a two-day conference to be held at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague during 17-18 October 2017, we specifically welcome papers along the lines of themes below.
Deadline for abstracts (500 words): 30 May 2017
Information on acceptance of paper for conference: 15 June 2017
Deadline for full papers (7000 words): 5 October 2017
Conference dates: 17-18 October 2017
Outcomes of the Conference
The conference organizers are in touch with Edward Elgar for publishing selected papers from the conference. Full papers submitted prior to 5 October 2017 will be considered for the publication.
Conference Organisation: This conference is jointly convened by Sylvia Bergh of International Institute of Social Science, the Hague and Sony Pellissery of the Masters Programme in Public Policy at National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Both these institutions are funded by a collaborative research by NWO-ICSSR. For details and clarification, the conference organisers could be contacted at: Sylvia Bergh (email@example.com) Sony Pellissery (firstname.lastname@example.org)