Challenging the Performance Movement: Accountability, by Beryl A. Radin

By Beryl A. Radin

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The elements in a democracy lead one to acknowledge that much of public action carries multiple and often conflicting goals. As a result, unlike the private sector where profit becomes the ultimate measure of success, it is difficult to establish a standard against which to measure outcomes. indd 37 4/24/06 1:31:09 PM 38 Chapter 3 essential. Gruber argues that “procedure, not substance, is the focus of the accountability approach. . The emphasis on procedure derives from the diagnosis that bureaucracies threaten democracy when they abuse their power by acting corruptly, inefficiently, or unfairly.

45. , 45–46. Joel Best, More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004), 25. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) less than three years ago. His experience in the California Department of Health and in the private sector had given him some sense of the breadth of DHHS. But he was very surprised to realize that issues related to the health program were only one part of the portfolio of this department. He prepared for his confirmation hearings in the Senate with a crash course on the multiple accountability demands to which he was required to respond.

Gruber argues that “procedure, not substance, is the focus of the accountability approach. . The emphasis on procedure derives from the diagnosis that bureaucracies threaten democracy when they abuse their power by acting corruptly, inefficiently, or unfairly. ”5 Fesler and Kettl have also commented on the attributes of a democracy that make it very challenging to establish a surrogate for the profit outcome of the private sector. ”6 Yet the most recent attempt to define the world of the public manager borrows directly from the private sector.

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