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Does Public Accountability Work? An Assessment Tool

Bovens, Mark; Schillemans, Thomas; 't Hart, Paul


In recent years, there has been a drive to strengthen existing public accountability arrangements and to design new ones. This prompts the question whether accountability arrangements actually work. In the existing literature, both accountability 'deficits' and 'overloads' are alleged to exist. However, owing to the lack of a cogent yardstick, the debate tends to be impressionistic and event-driven. In this article we develop an instrument for systematically assessing public accountability...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.00716.x


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