What’s Behind the Budget? Politics, Rights and Accountability in the Budget Process


Norton, Andy, and Diane Elson. 2002. What’s Behind the Budget? Politics, Rights and Accountability in the Budget Process. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute.

Authors: Andy Norton, Diane Elson


This paper by Andy Norton and Diane Elson (ODI, 2002) identifies issues, partners, tools and methods that help development actors to support citizen accountability and a pro-poor, gender-equitable, focus in public expenditure management.

The paper argues that integrating a rights perspective with a good understanding of the mechanics and politics of public expenditure management has potential for advancing understanding of how a pro-poor focus can be encouraged in mainstream public policy. The paper broadly aims to review different conceptual approaches for addressing issues of human rights, entitlements, political accountability and citizen participation in relation to the budget process and highlights experiences of pro-poor and gender-sensitive budget initiatives and draw key lessons. (Abstract from UN Women)

Topics: Economies, Poverty, Gender, Gender Budgeting, Political Participation, Rights, Human Rights

Year: 2002

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