In the discussion regarding the progress of democratization and the evaluation of countries based on a democratic index, "little experiences" of democracy are often overlooked. This record synthesizes the democratic experiences from India, Brazil, and South Africa by looking at democratic accountability from the perspectives of intermediaries, organizations, associations, and citizen leaders who prepare, support, and facilitate citizen action. Based on seven case studies from the three countries, it also delves deeper into the complexities of participation, forms of intermediation, interface between citizens and state, dilemmas of citizen leaders, and extent of impact on citizens' lives. This book would be valuable to researchers, students, development practitioners, government officers, community-based organizations, and donor agencies.
Vikas Jha has 10 years of professional experience in the development sector, mainly relating to participatory research, citizens' participation, social accountability, capacity building, and community mobilization. He is the author of "Tribal Domestic Workers in Delhi "and" Unknown Story of Exploitation." Bhavita Vaishnava is a program officer of the Society of Participatory Research in Asia. Kaustuv Kanti Bandyopadhyay is the director of the Society of Participatory Research in Asia.