Accountable Governance. Problems and Promises by Melvin J. Dubnick

By Melvin J. Dubnick

Public responsibility is a trademark of contemporary democratic governance and the root of the preferred functionality administration circulate. Democracy is simply an empty workout if these in energy can't be held dependable in public for his or her acts and omissions, for his or her judgements, their rules, and their expenditures.

This publication deals a finely precise and richly trained attention of responsibility in either executive and the modern international of governance. Twenty-five prime specialists hide various features of the responsibility circulation, together with a number of and competing accountabilities, measuring responsibility, responsibility and democratic legitimacy, and responsibility and knowledge expertise, and practice them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government organisations, governance corporations, and voluntary companies. jointly they supply the main finished attention of responsibility presently on hand, with a mix of theoretical, empirical, and utilized approaches.

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Klingner et al. argue that accountability relationships constitute the institutional arena in which public administrators have to manage diverse expectations (119) and describe a case of policy reform in the area of contracting for foster care. This reform was infused with different expectations, which resulted in multiple, diverse, changing, and conflicting pressures on the participants. The conflicting expectations followed from the fact that a new combination of politics with administration and market elements was sought after.

Hence, the locus of this type of accountability study is not the behavior of public agents, but the way in which these institutional arrangements operate. And the focus is not whether the agents have acted in an accountable way, but whether they are or can be held accountable ex post facto by accountability forums. Again, the Friedrich-Finer debate is illustrative here; both not only advocated different notions of administrative responsibility, but also used different concepts. Finer predominantly focused on mechanisms that ensure responsibility and accountability, whereas Friedrich on the other side of the Atlantic looked upon accountability as a virtue, as was clearly observed by Finer: My chief difference with Professor Friedrich was and is my insistence upon distinguishing responsibility as an arrangement of correction and punishment even up to dismissal both of politicians and officials, while he believes in reliance upon responsibility as a sense of responsibility, largely unsanctioned, except by deference or loyalty to professional standards.

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