Accountable Governance. Problems and Promises by Melvin J. Dubnick

By Melvin J. Dubnick

Public responsibility is a trademark of recent democratic governance and the basis of the preferred functionality administration move. Democracy is simply an empty workout if these in strength can't be held responsible in public for his or her acts and omissions, for his or her judgements, their rules, and their expenditures.

This ebook bargains a finely special and richly knowledgeable attention of responsibility in either executive and the modern international of governance. Twenty-five best specialists disguise various elements of the responsibility circulate, together with a number of and competing accountabilities, measuring responsibility, responsibility and democratic legitimacy, and responsibility and data expertise, and practice them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government corporations, governance businesses, and voluntary firms. jointly they supply the main entire attention of responsibility at the moment on hand, with a mix of theoretical, empirical, and utilized approaches.

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According to one of our respondents the agendas of the official meetings are strongly influenced by what he calls “the drill of the annual planning and control (P&C) cycle” (R71). Boards are to monitor the entire operations of the agencies; their oversight covers all the activities and decisions of agencies (R73). In order to implement this broad perspective, boards are informed about the conduct of the agencies through a series of reports that are grounded in the P&C cycle of the agencies. Particularly the annual plans, budget, annual accounts, and annual reports are discussed with the boards.

Multiple Accountability in Action The last part of this chapter describes the effects on five major arm’s-length agencies in the Netherlands, of adding an extra layer of board accountability to the hierarchical accountability already owed to the ministry. Our findings are based on qualitative research of accountability of the agencies to the boards and parent departments. Since accountability is defined as communicative interaction between two parties, our analysis aimed to reconstruct the content of agency and board communication.

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