Public Accountability: Designs, Dilemmas and Experiences

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Michael W. Dowdle
Cambridge University Press, Jul 6, 2006 - Law - 455 pages
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There is an ongoing perception that public accountability in modern-day governance is in 'crisis', caused by globalization and the increasing power of private economic interests. This book responds to that idea, providing the most comprehensive survey to date of how different organizations hold persons acting in the public interest to account, and the various problems they face. The book shows how key issues, such as public-mindedness, democracy and responsibility, and structures, such as bureaucracy, markets and transparency, adopt radically different and sometimes contradictory interpretations when viewed from different experiential perspectives. It also demonstrates how underlying all this are core communities of experiences that bind these diverse interpretations and perspectives into a complex web of mutual interaction and influence. The book includes studies not only of Anglo-American experiences, but also of the experiences of foreign and transnational organizations: NGOs, transnational resistance movements, the Indonesian labor movement, and the Chinese Parliament.
  

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Contents

THE MYTH OF NONBUREAUCRATIC
52
EXTENDING PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY
83
ACCOUNTABILITY AND INSTITUTIONAL
115
Rewards and Sanctions
128
EMERGING LABOR MOVEMENTS AND
157
SPONTANEOUS ACCOUNTABILITY
174
ACCOUNTING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN
195
THE MARK OF RESPONSIBILITY WITH A
220
TECHNOCRATIC V CONVIVIAL
243
UNDERSTANDING NGOBASED SOCIAL
271
PROBLEMSOLVING COURTS AND THE
301
PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IN ALIEN
329

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Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Government and Public Administration.

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