Accountable Governance. Problems and Promises by Melvin J. Dubnick

By Melvin J. Dubnick

Public responsibility is a trademark of contemporary democratic governance and the basis of the preferred functionality administration circulation. Democracy is simply an empty workout if these in strength can't be held responsible in public for his or her acts and omissions, for his or her judgements, their regulations, and their expenditures.

This e-book bargains a finely special and richly expert attention of responsibility in either executive and the modern international of governance. Twenty-five best specialists disguise various elements of the responsibility stream, together with a number of and competing accountabilities, measuring responsibility, responsibility and democratic legitimacy, and responsibility and data expertise, and practice them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government enterprises, governance companies, and voluntary enterprises. jointly they supply the main finished attention of responsibility presently on hand, with a mix of theoretical, empirical, and utilized approaches.

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Yang, Kaifeng, and Marc Holzer. 2006. ” Public Administration Review 66 (1): 114–26. Zauderer, Donald G. 1992. ” Business Forum 17 (4): 12–16. Part I Complex Challenges A common theme among those who study accountability mechanisms is the challenges and dilemmas these mechanisms pose for those seeking fulfillment of this promising approach to problems of governance. Accountability mechanisms can be viewed as a collection of tools sharing a common characteristic: they all rely on the use of account-giving relationships to achieve some central objectives of governance.

Boards then operate on the basis of the strategic plans that agencies have drafted themselves. In this way, they perform a reality check and test whether the agency lives up to its own policy ambitions and aspirations as 14 Schillemans and Bovens articulated in white papers. The advantage of this perspective is that the boards take the agenda and goals of the agencies as a point of departure. The accountability process is then directed toward the goals that were set by the agency itself. What is somewhat remarkable about the role of the boards is that they do not act as representatives of the interests of the minister.

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