The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

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  • Copyright: 2014-07-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Over the past two decades public accountability has become not only an icon in political, managerial, and administrative discourse but also the object of much scholarly analysis across a broad range of social and administrative sciences.

This handbook provides a state of the art overview of recent scholarship on public accountability. It collects, consolidates, and integrates an upsurge of inquiry currently scattered across many disciplines and subdisciplines. It provides a one-stop-shop on the subject, not only for academics who study accountability, but also for practitioners who are designing, adjusting, or struggling with mechanisms for accountable governance.

Drawing on the best scholars in the field from around the world, The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability showcases conceptual and normative as well as the empirical approaches in public accountability studies. In addition to giving an overview of scholarly research in a variety of disciplines, it takes stock of a wide range of accountability mechanisms and practices across the public, private and non-profit sectors, making this volume a must-have for both practitioners and scholars, both established and new to the field.

Author Biography

Mark Bovens, Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht University School of Governance,Robert E. Goodin, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and of Social & Political Theory; Professor of Government, Australian National University; University of Essex,Thomas Schillemans, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University School of Governance

Mark Bovens is a political scientist and lawyer by training. He is Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht University School of Governance, which he co-founded in 2000. As of 2013, he is a member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague, the strategic think tank of the Dutch cabinet. He has published 24 monographs and edited volumes and over a hundred articles and chapters in the areas of politics, government, and legal theory. He is an internationally well-known expert in the field of accountability studies and has published a number of seminal books and papers on the topic (eg: The Quest for Responsibility: Accountability and Citizenship in Complex Organizations, CUP 1998; The Real World of EU Accountability: What Deficit?, OUP 2010).

Robert E. Goodin is a philosopher and political scientist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Social & Political Theory and Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Australian National University, as well as Professor of Government at the University of Essex. A Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Goodin is founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and of the Cambridge University Press series of books on 'Theories of Institutional Design'. He served as general editor of the eleven-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. His own work straddles democratic theory (e.g. Reflective Democracy, OUP 2003), empirical welfare-state studies (e.g., The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, CUP 1999; Discretionary Time, CUP 2008) and theoretical reflections on public policy (e.g., Social Welfare as an Individual Responsibility, CUP 1998; What's Wrong with Terrorism? Polity 2006).

Thomas Schillemans is a public administration scholar. He received his PhD with honors in 2007 for his thesis on Horizontal Accountability in the Shadow of Hierarchy. His working experience includes seven years at the council for social development, an advisory body of the Dutch government. His research aims to make sense of dispersed practices of governance through empirical studies that examine the interactions of executive agencies, regulators and nonprofit organizations with relevant stakeholders: clients, professional peers and the newsmedia. Public accountability is a key concept in his work. He is assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance

Table of Contents

1. Public Accountability, Mark Bovens, Thomas Schillemans & Robert E. Goodin
A. Analytical Perspectives
2. Accountability as a Cultural Keyword, Melvin J. Dubnick
3. Accountability and Democracy, Mark E. Warren
4. A Contingency Theory of Accountability, Jane Mansbridge
5. Process versus Outcome Accountability, Shefali V. Patil, Ferdinand Vieider & Philip E. Tetlock
6. Accountability and Principal-Agent Theory, Sean Gailmard
7. Accountability and Ambiguity, Johan P. Olsen
B. Studying Accountability
8. Experimental Analysis, Christopher Koch & Jens Wustemann
9. Quantitative Analysis, Gijs Jan Brandsma
10. Qualitative Analysis, Kaifeng Yang
11. Visual Accountability, Jane Davison
C. Accountable Governance
12. Accountability and Constitutional Law, Carol Harlow
13. Accountability in Public Administration, B. Guy Peters
14. Accountable Civil Servants, John Uhr
15. Accountable Networks, Erik Hans Klijn & Joop F.M. Koppenjan
16. Accountability and Citizen Participation, Bodil Damgaard & Jenny M. Lewis
17. Accountability and Multi-Level Governance, Yannis Papadopoulos
18. Accountable International Relations, Michael Goodhart
D. Organizational Accountability
19. Accountable Public Services, Barbara S. Romzek
20. Accountability and New Public Management, Per Laegreid
21. Accountability and the Non Profit Sector, Steven Rathgeb Smith
22. Accountable Corporate Governance, Sheldon Leader
23. Accountable Global Governance Organizations, Jonathan Koppell
E. Accountability mechanisms
24. Elections, Mark N. Franklin, Stuart Soroka & Christopher Wlezien
25. Hierarchy, Mark D. Jarvis
26. Accounting and Auditing, Christie Hayne & Steven E. Salterio
27. Performance Reporting, Steven Van de Walle & Floor Cornelissen
28. PerformanceStat, Robert D. Behn
29. Independent Regulators, Colin Scott
30. Audit Institutions, Paul L. Posner & Asif Shahan
31. Transparency, Albert Meijer
32. Watchdog Journalism, Pippa Norris
F. Debating Accountability
33. Accountability Deficits, Richard Mulgan
34. Accountability Overloads, Arie Halachmi
35. Accountability and Time, Jerry L. Mashaw
36. Accountability and Crises, Sanneke Kuipers & Paul 't Hart
37. Accountability and Blame Avoidance, Christopher Hood
38. Accountability and Trust, Dorothea Greiling
39. Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Court of Public Opinion, Mark H. Moore
G. Reflections on the future of Accountability Studies
40. The Ontological Challenge, Melvin J. Dubnick
41. The Need for a Systemic Approach, Frank Vibert
42. The Future and Relevance of Accountability Studies, Matthew Flinders
43. Meaningful Accountability, Mark Bovens & Thomas Schillemans

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