Civic activism and social accountability - a quantitative approach

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This chapter argues that the understanding of the role of civil society in development can be strengthened with quantitative analysis. The argument uses an example of a comprehensive regression analysis of the role of civic activism in government accountability. Is shows the value added of a quantitative approach through the estimation of absolute and relative size effects, signs, and statistical significance of a wide set of relevant dependent and independent variables. But is also acknowledges the weaknesses of a quantitative approach, in particular in the area of civil society where not everything that matters can be measured. The chapter therefore pleas for the complementarity of qualitative and quantitative analysis in the study of civil society and development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Civic Innovation for Social and Economic Transformation
EditorsK Biekart, W Harcourt, P Knorringa
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781138936331
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

SeriesRoutledge Studies in Development Economics


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