Accountable Governance. Problems and Promises by Melvin J. Dubnick

By Melvin J. Dubnick

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

This ebook bargains a finely exact and richly proficient attention of responsibility in either executive and the modern international of governance. Twenty-five top specialists disguise various elements of the responsibility move, together with a number of and competing accountabilities, measuring responsibility, responsibility and democratic legitimacy, and responsibility and knowledge know-how, and practice them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government firms, governance agencies, and voluntary businesses. jointly they supply the main finished attention of responsibility at present to be had, with a mix of theoretical, empirical, and utilized approaches.

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If actors are accountable to different “significant others,” they have the opportunity to make strategic choices to forge alliances with forums most sympathetic to their causes (see Mulgan 2003, 218). Multiple accountability may therefore also result from strategic action: increasing the number of forums is a suitable reaction to external pressures (Day and Klein 1987, 170–1). Keohane underlines the subtle Machiavellianism inherent in such a strategy: “In a democratic era, it is difficult for an agent to say, ‘the public be damned’ and explicitly to dismiss accountability claims.

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