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Young Palestinians’ struggles for accountability and participation: beyond formal systems and public resistance

Laura BeckwithLaura Beckwith

Laura Beckwith is Research Fellow at Northumbria University. She holds a PhD from the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

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Reem TalhoukReem Talhouk

Reem Talhouk is an Assistant Professor in Design & Global Development at Northumbria University where she is also the Community Action & Innovation lead for the Global Development Futures Interdisciplinary Research Theme and a co-lead of the Design Feminisms Research Group. Her research is at the intersection of Humanitarianism, Global Development, Design and Human–Computer Interaction.

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Owen Boyle§Owen Boyle§§

Owen Boyle is a Partnership Adviser at the Danish Red Cross. Prior to this he was a Research Officer at the Centre for Global Development at Northumbria University, UK, supporting projects on numerous themes including youth and volunteering.

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Maxine MpofuMaxine Mpofu

Maxine Mpofu is a postgraduate researcher interested in Youth Geographies, with a particular focus on the elasticity of young personhood and the nuanced experience of global development.

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Inga Freimane**Inga Freimane****

Inga Freimane is a human geographer interested in feminist geopolitics, social justice, emotions and activism.

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Fuad Trayek††Fuad Trayek††††

Fuad Trayek is a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is also a distinguished lecturer at the London School of Science and Technology’s Business Department. His research portfolio is centred around educational politics, refugee education, instructional technology, e-learning and ICT in education.

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Matt Baillie Smith‡‡Matt Baillie Smith‡‡‡‡

Matt Baillie Smith is an interdisciplinary global development academic at Northumbria University, UK. His research analyses the relationships between citizenship, civil society and development, with a particular focus on voluntary labour in humanitarian and development settings, and on young people and climate change.

Abstract

Young people worldwide are engaged in diverse forms of participation which offer a pathway for demanding accountability from governance actors. In contexts with fragile governance structures, young people face a unique set of challenges in their efforts to demand accountability or participate in decision-making. The expected relationship between participation and accountability as understood in liberal, democratic settings is often absent and instead demands for accountability are often made through strategies ‘at the margins’. Using Palestine as a case study, we show how young people look for accountability beyond state institutions and the national scale, using diverse strategies depending on their embedded position in society. This analysis sheds light on the complex reality of youth participation and accountability mechanisms in socially, politically and physically contested spaces and, by extension, points towards challenges and opportunities in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Keywords

Palestineyouth participationaccountabilitySustainable Development Goalsgovernance
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Published on: 2 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 3
Article ID: 201
Pages:201 - 224
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Beckwith with Talhouk, Boyle, Mpofu, Freimane, Trayek, Smith (2023), ' Young Palestinians’ struggles for accountability and participation: beyond formal systems and public resistance ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 3): 201 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s3.201

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Reem TalhoukReem Talhouk

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Maxine MpofuMaxine Mpofu

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Inga Freimane**Inga Freimane****

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Fuad Trayek††Fuad Trayek††††

Fuad Trayek is a Research Associate at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is also a distinguished lecturer at the London School of Science and Technology’s Business Department. His research portfolio is centred around educational politics, refugee education, instructional technology, e-learning and ICT in education.

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