Accountable Governance: Problems and Promises
Melvin J. Dubnick, H. George Frederickson
M.E. Sharpe, May 18, 2015 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
Public accountability is a hallmark of modern democratic governance and the foundation of the popular performance management movement. Democracy is just an empty exercise if those in power cannot be held accountable in public for their acts and omissions, for their decisions, their policies, and their expenditures.
This book offers a finely detailed and richly informed consideration of accountability in both government and the contemporary world of governance. Twenty-five leading experts cover varying aspects of the accountability movement, including multiple and competing accountabilities, measuring accountability, accountability and democratic legitimacy, and accountability and information technology, and apply them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government organizations, governance organizations, and voluntary organizations. Together they provide the most comprehensive consideration of accountability currently available, with a blend of theoretical, empirical, and applied approaches.
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PART I Complex Chalenges
Does Redundancy Lead to Overload?
The Case of Welfare Reform
3 Accountability Chalenges in Public Sector Contracting for Complex Products
4 Accountability for Global Governance Organizations
PART II Obstacles to Accountability
Accountability in Advanced Performance Measurement Regimes
6 Does Performance Measurement Actualy Improve Accountability?
Abandoning the OneSizeFitsAll Approach
PART V Strategies
13 Watching the Watchers
14 Accountability and Voluntary Programs
PART VI Rethinking Accountability
15 Accountability in Two NonWestern Contexts
16 Accountability and a Theory of Representation
7 The Accountability Environment of US Counties
PART III Assessing Accountability
8 Accountability Institutions and Information in the PolicyMaking Process
A CrossNational Perspective
PART IV Adapting to Accountability
Positive Negative or Neutral?
11 The Chalenges of Accountability for International Nongovernmental and CivilSociety Organizations