Rights, Resources and the Politics of Accountability (Claiming Citizenship Series)

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In the context of much controversy, this book looks at a range of exciting and imaginative ways in which poor and marginalized groups from around the world claim their rights and demand accountability for the realisation of those rights. Groups mobilizing around the right to water, housing or for fair working conditions often find themselves aligned against powerful state and corporate interests. Experiences from the global North and South are combined to generate key insights into who mobilizes and how and when ...

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In the context of much controversy, this book looks at a range of exciting and imaginative ways in which poor and marginalized groups from around the world claim their rights and demand accountability for the realisation of those rights. Groups mobilizing around the right to water, housing or for fair working conditions often find themselves aligned against powerful state and corporate interests. Experiences from the global North and South are combined to generate key insights into who mobilizes and how and when this makes a difference to the lives of the poor.

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Peter Newell is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick. Joanna Wheeler is the research manager for the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation, and Accountability.

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Table of Contents

1 Rights, resources and the politics of accountability : an introduction 1
2 Taking accountability into account : the debate so far 37
Pt. I Rights and resources
Overview : the political economy of resources and the cultural politics of rights : challenges for accountability 59
3 Do human rights make a difference to poor and vulnerable people? : accountability for the right to water in South Africa 63
4 Managing watersheds and the right to water : indigenous communities in search of accountability and inclusion in Southern Veracruz 79
5 Conflicting rights, environmental agendas and the challenges of accountability : social mobilisation and protected natural areas in Mexico 101
6 From protest to proactive action : building institutional accountability through struggles for the right to housing 122
7 Rights to health and struggles for accountability in a Brazilian municipal health council 144
Pt. II Investor accountabilities
Overview : rights, resources and corporate accountability 163
8 Corporate accountability and citizen action : cases from India 166
9 Environmental injustice, law and accountability 186
10 Oil and accountability issues in the Niger Delta 205
11 Compliance versus accountability : struggles for dignity and daily bread in the Bangladesh garment industry 223
12 Accountability begins at home : the living wage movement in the United States 245
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