Professor Jonathan Fox

School of International Service, American University

Jonathan is a Professor at the American University's School of International Service. He focuses on the relationship between citizen participation, transparency and accountability, from both scholarly and practitioner perspectives. He has carried out extensive research in rural Mexico, and with Latino immigrant organisations in the US. His projects involve dialogue with a wide range of public interest groups, grassroots organisations, development agencies, private foundations and government policymakers. He is currently launching a new "action-research incubator" at SIS: the Accountability Research Center.

To read more about Jonathan and his work please visit his blog.

Speaking In

The political construction of accountability keywords: lessons from action-research

Professor Fox examines the keywords we use when talking about the upwards accountability of governments, and downwards accountability as citizens attempt to hold the powerful to account.

He reflects on the political origins and implications of terms in the accountability field, addressing their invention, translation, appropriation and circulation in different contexts.