Holding Power to Account

Holding Power to Account : Accountability in Modern Democracies

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Holding Power to Account provides a general overview of 'accountability', a key but contested concept in modern democratic governance. Accountability is identified with a core of external scrutiny and sanctions, in opposition to more expansive versions which also embrace 'responsibility' and 'responsiveness'. Richard Mulgan analyses both the United States and several 'Westminster' countries (the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand). Emphasis is on the public sector but accountability in the commercial and non-profit sectors is also discussed. Major topics include the contrast between accountability in the public and private sectors, the effects of public management reforms on accountability, accountability for collective actions, accountability in networks and federations and the limits of accountability.

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  • Electronic book text | 264 pages
  • Palgrave USA
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • United States
  • 1403943834
  • 9781403943835
  • 814,179

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About Richard Mulgan

RICHARD MULGAN is Reader in Public Policy at the Australian National University and was formerly Professor of Classics and Political Studies at the University of Otago and Professor of Political Studies at the University of Auckland. He has written extensively on Greek political thought, New Zealand Politics and public sector management.

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