Dr Himanshu Jha (Department of Political Science, SAI) recently published an article entitled „Emerging Politics of Accountability: Institutional Progression of the Right to Information Act“ in the journal Economic & Political Weekly (vol. 53, Issue No.10). The full article is available here, further information on the current issue is available here.
The implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005 in Bihar is studied to examine the progression and deepening of institutional change. The institutional progression is inextricably linked to change in the political regime and the resultant shifts in policy priorities. The RTI Act has opened up a new space for accountability between state and society, its use is often linked to local politics, and a new form of elite agency has emerged, whose practitioners this article categorises as “agents of accountability.” These agents are different from the category of elite agency discussed in scholarly literature, such as the “expansive elite,” pyraveekars, gaon ka neta, “political fixers,” or naya netas.