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Leaving no one behind: citizen participation and access to services in an era of declining public trust in the state 
Vidhya Unnikrishnan
Sandra Obiri-Yeboah (University of Ghana)
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Paper panel
Local action, activism and agency in development
Wednesday 26 June, -, -Thursday 27 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London
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Short Abstract:

The panel aims to assemble research on vulnerable groups' rights, representation and exclusion. Encroaching on minority rights and limited access to services for the vulnerable affect public trust and general wellbeing, with implications for SDG aspirations on poverty,inequality and climate change.

Long Abstract:

Recent calls for social protection, climate action and other state interventions to be embedded within rights-based approaches (RBAs) presume that this may provide entry points for enhanced citizenship building, state legitimacy and state-society relations.

However, there has been an ideological shift in politics in the Global South, where minority rights have been encroached. States are becoming agents of absolute power, pursuing discriminatory policies against minorities. Vulnerable groups (e.g., women) are denied equal provision for rights (e.g. land) and social services, and this begs the question of whether countries are on course to achieving the SDG aspiration of leaving no on behind. This panel welcomes papers from various domains (e.g., climate change, social protection, migration and social services provisioning) that address the following and related questions:

1. How have ideological shifts affected minority rights in the Global South? Are there implications on citizens’ trust in government? What are the socio-economic implications of this?

2. Why are vulnerable groups excluded from the climate agenda discussion? How is this exclusion affecting progress in achieving the SDGs? What role can national/sub-national/NGOs play in addressing this?

3. What are the implications of the change in the political climate for redistribution policies? Are RBAs to social protection policies recognised? How does the change in state-society relations shape these policies?

4. How do elites and the public perceive a rights-based approach to social protection in the Global South?

5. How are states capacitating or protecting vulnerable populations to enhance climate resilience in the Global South?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 26 June, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 26 June, 2024, -
Session 3 Thursday 27 June, 2024, -