Accountability gives ‘teeth’ to the concept of rights and hence is indispensable to the status and practice of citizenship. A ‘culture of compliance’, on the other hand, refers to the willingness to abide by a given set of regulations (whether laws or codes). It is not the same as a culture of accountability, but it need not be incompatible with it, and may even contain the seeds from which such a culture can emerge. Whether it has done so or not in Bangladesh is discussed in this chapter with reference to the garment industry and conditions for garment workers.
Mahmud, S.; Kabeer, N. Compliance versus accountability: struggles for dignity and daily bread in the Bangladesh garment industry. In: Rights, Resources and the Politics of Accountability.. Zed Books, London, (2006) ISBN 9781842775547