Taking scale into account in transparency and accountability initiatives

Taking scale into account in transparency and accountability initiatives

Scale is a term that is often used in the governance and international development fields, but not always clearly defined. The idea of scaling up usually refers to growing or replicating a given initiative, but the goal of building public accountability calls for an additional approach to scale. What is needed to make transparency and accountability initiatives more strategic is a way of ‘taking scale into account’ that addresses the systemic embeddedness of anti-accountability forces across multiple levels and branches of a state apparatus.
 
This short research summary discusses different understandings of scale, one important aspect of making transparency and accountability initiatives more strategic. Scale shapes both the causes of accountability failure and the tactics and strategies needed to address it.
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