Place leadership in social accountability initiatives

Vivier, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3401-0365, 2023. Place leadership in social accountability initiatives. Journal of Change Management, 23 (1), pp. 72-92. ISSN 1469-7017

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This paper explores how social movement and civic actors enact and contribute to place leadership. It does so by examining how social movement organizations in South Africa use social audits to investigate and challenge government accountability and service delivery failures. The paper describes the meaning-making practices evident in social audit reports, and detail how social audit actors construct issues and positions through three framings – rights, regulations and lived realities. In this process, they leverage rights discourses and governance arrangements to legitimize their place leadership, and draw on multiple aspects and experiences of place to expose failures of governance and in the realization of rights. Through the dynamic interplay between legitimizing and exposing, they translate embodied realities and relations in and of place into a sense of purpose and direction for mobilizing a wider network of governance actors. On this basis, the paper contributes a social accountability perspective to place leadership studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Published: 2023-02-06
Publication Title: Journal of Change Management
Creators: Vivier, E.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2023
Volume: 23
Number: 1
ISSN: 1469-7017
Rights: © 2023 the author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 17 Feb 2023 10:22
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 10:22

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