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Submitted by Joel Turkewitz on
Thanks for this very useful blog post. I am eager to see the work that you and your team are doing. If you have not already done so, I would suggest that you look at a great piece of work, Lily Tsai's Accountability without Democracy - an examination of the provision of public services at the local level in China. Professor Tsai reports on the extensive field work that she did in the early 2000s that indicates the limited impact democratic reforms have had on public service provision, and the very large impact of inclusive social groupings (temple societies, lineage groupings - which engage whole communities as well as government officials) have on the provision of services (as well as how non-inclusive groups - like churches - can generate increased private provision of public services). The work you describe is fundamental if we are going to think constructively about accountability.