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Accountability Deficits

Mulgan, Richard

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The notion of an accountability deficit is particularly associated with the absence of political control by democratically elected political representatives (where it is linked with a democracy deficit). The main sites for such a deficit are international relations, decoupling of responsibility for public services, and networked governance. Analysis of the deficit has prompted emphasis on alternative accountability mechanics as well as alternative definitions of �accountability� itself. To be...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMulgan, Richard
dc.contributor.editorMark Bovens
dc.contributor.editorRobert E. Goodin
dc.contributor.editorThomas Schillemans
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:36:04Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780199641253
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/56542
dc.description.abstractThe notion of an accountability deficit is particularly associated with the absence of political control by democratically elected political representatives (where it is linked with a democracy deficit). The main sites for such a deficit are international relations, decoupling of responsibility for public services, and networked governance. Analysis of the deficit has prompted emphasis on alternative accountability mechanics as well as alternative definitions of �accountability� itself. To be useful, the concept should be widened beyond political control to include possible deficits in any type of accountability. Any claim to a particular accountability deficit needs to be made against a standard or yardstick of that type of accountability without the deficit. The normative implications of any particular deficit should also be made explicit, given that in some circumstances, such as accountability �overload�, a reduction in accountability can be viewed positively.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.relation.ispartofOxford Handbook of Public Accountability
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.titleAccountability Deficits
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160509 - Public Administration
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4430637xPUB366
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMulgan, Richard, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage545
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage559
local.identifier.doi10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199641253.013.0010
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:36:18Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationOxford, UK
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