Accountable Governance: Problems And Promises, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0765627329
  • ISBN-13: 9780765627322
  • DDC: 352.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 328 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Dubnick (political science, U. of New Hampshire) and Frederickson (public administration, U. of Kansas) present 18 papers from an April 2008 symposium at the Kettering Foundation bringing together researchers engaged in the study of accountability in governance. Based on the assumption that the systematic study of accountability had not particularly advanced very far, no focused theme was chosen for the symposium, although a few themes became evident over the course of the proceedings. These include the distinction between the European approach to accountability as an instrumental value versus the American approach to it as a virtue, the existence of multiple accountabilities in almost every area of governance, and a general lack of attention to accountability as an ethical or empirical condition (with only three of the contributions touching explicitly on the meaning of accountability) as opposed to the more prevalent focus on accountability mechanisms. The papers have been organized into sections on complex challenges of accountability, obstacles to accountability, assessing accountability, adapting to accountability, strategies of accountability, and rethinking accountability.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: The Promises of Accountability Research.
1: Complex Challenges.
2: The Challenge of Multiple Accountability.
3: The Tangled Web of Accountability in Contracting Networks.
4: Accountability Challenges in Public Sector Contracting for Complex Products.
5: Accountability for Global Governance Organizations.
6: Obstacles to Accountability.
7: Performance Blight and the Tyranny of Light?.
8: Does Performance Measurement Actually Improve Accountability?.
9: The Accountability Environment of U.S. Counties.
10: Assessing Accountability.
11: Accountability Institutions and Information in the Policy-Making Process.
12: Accountability and Information-Technology Enactment.
13: Adapting to Accountability.
14: Blame Avoidance and Accountability.
15: The Challenges of Accountability for International Nongovernmental and Civil-Society Organizations.
16: Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector.
17: Strategies.
18: Watching the Watchers.
19: Accountability and Voluntary Programs.
20: Rethinking Accountability.
21: Accountability in Two Non-Western Contexts.
22: Accountability and a Theory of Representation.
23: Emergent Accountability and Structuration Theory: Implications.
24: Rethinking the Obsession.
Conclusion: Taking Stock and Moving Forward.
About the Editors and Contributors.
Name Index.
Subject Index.