Accountable Governance: Problems and Promises

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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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Contents

PART I Complex Chalenges
1
Does Redundancy Lead to Overload?
3
The Case of Welfare Reform
22
3 Accountability Chalenges in Public Sector Contracting for Complex Products
42
4 Accountability for Global Governance Organizations
55
PART II Obstacles to Accountability
79
Accountability in Advanced Performance Measurement Regimes
81
6 Does Performance Measurement Actualy Improve Accountability?
98
Abandoning the OneSizeFitsAll Approach
197
PART V Strategies
211
13 Watching the Watchers
213
14 Accountability and Voluntary Programs
225
PART VI Rethinking Accountability
239
15 Accountability in Two NonWestern Contexts
241
16 Accountability and a Theory of Representation
255
Implications
269

7 The Accountability Environment of US Counties
111
PART III Assessing Accountability
127
8 Accountability Institutions and Information in the PolicyMaking Process
129
A CrossNational Perspective
146
PART IV Adapting to Accountability
165
Positive Negative or Neutral?
167
11 The Chalenges of Accountability for International Nongovernmental and CivilSociety Organizations
180
Accountability and the Financial Crisis
282
Taking Stock and Moving Forward
302
About the Editors and Contributors
304
Name Index
309
Subject Index
319
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