By Melvin J. Dubnick
Public responsibility is a trademark of contemporary democratic governance and the root of the preferred functionality administration circulation. Democracy is simply an empty workout if these in energy can't be held liable in public for his or her acts and omissions, for his or her judgements, their guidelines, and their expenditures.
This ebook deals a finely precise and richly educated attention of responsibility in either govt and the modern international of governance. Twenty-five major specialists disguise various points of the responsibility flow, together with a number of and competing accountabilities, measuring responsibility, responsibility and democratic legitimacy, and responsibility and data know-how, and follow them to governments, quasi-governments, non-government corporations, governance enterprises, and voluntary businesses. jointly they supply the main entire attention of responsibility presently to be had, with a mix of theoretical, empirical, and utilized approaches.
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If there is a problem with the costs of boards, it is rather a problem of opportunity costs. The total amount of money or time invested in accountability to boards seems not to be excessive, but board management is done by senior officials who have relatively little time at their disposal. As boards are important accountability forums, maintaining the relationship is complicated because only the highest officials of the agency are permitted to interact with the board. These officials say that they have too little time at their disposal for the board (R190).
It comes close to “responsiveness” and “a sense of responsibility,” a willingness to act in a transparent, fair, and equitable way. Accountability, used in an active sense as a virtue, refers to substantive norms for the behavior of actors—in this case public officials or public organizations. Hence, accountability studies in this vein often focus on normative issues or the assessment of the actual and active behavior of public agents (O’Connell 2005, 86; Considine 2002, 22; Koppell 2005). The Challenge of Multiple Accountability 5 On the other side of the Atlantic, in British, continental European (as well as Australian) scholarly debates, accountability is often used in a more narrow, descriptive sense.
But as a government agency, we have to translate the The Challenge of Multiple Accountability 13 outcomes of our system of planning and control to outsiders. This means we have to make a second loop. We are confronted with our parent department. They want to obtain certain information and want to receive this information in specific ways. And then you have our board of commissioners, somewhere between an external and an internal entity. They also demand to receive information in specific ways. Our department (central staff) sees some documents come around three times.