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Title: A study of the effectiveness of civil society self-regulation and on beneficiary accountability : the case of Roman civil society and the "Mafia Capitale" scandal
Author: Carolei, Domenico
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 6969
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This PhD research is situated in the academic literature on civil society organisations (CSOs) accountability with a focus on self-regulation and beneficiary accountability It investigates normative developments occurring in civil society self-regulation by measuring its effectiveness against the normative expectations set by CSOs. Simultaneously, it questions why CSOs are not getting it right when it comes to dealing with beneficiary accountability. It focuses on a checklist of indicators (CDV) developed by Italian CSOs in the aftermath of the scandal "Mafia Capitale" when threatened by strict government regulation and by critical public opinion. The empirical side of this PhD research relies sequentially on three different sets of methodological tools. This multilayered methodology consists in: a) the application of a blueprint developed by the One World Trust London to test the effectiveness of self-regulation against its own objectives; b) an explaining-outcome process-tracing aimed at providing a sufficient explanation to the fact that the matter of beneficiary accountability is usually ignored within self-regulation; c) a multiple-case study analysis on beneficiary accountability (transparency, participation and complaints procedure) at an intra-organisational level. Empirical data have been gathered during fieldwork in Rome (2017). This PhD thesis contributes to the academic and societal discourse on civil society self-regulation and accountability in several ways. It constitutes the first comprehensive study on CSO's accountability and self-regulation in Italy. It enriches the academic debate on selfregulation by providing a brand-new theoretical model to explain non-compliance together with a series of policy proposals aimed at guiding current discussions on the reform of self-regulation. It provides a minimally sufficient explanation to the fact that CSOs systematically fail to address the matter of beneficiary accountability through self-regulatory instruments, coupled with an explanation of the circumstances under which the matter is likely to be incorporated into selfregulatory norms.
Supervisor: Bódig, Mátyás ; Stack, Trevor ; Teti, Andrea Sponsor: Centre for Citizenship ; Civil Society and Rule of Law ; University of Aberdeen
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Civil society ; Liability (Law)