Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable

Overview

The growth in power of government bureaucracies is one of the more profound developments of 20th-century society. Bureaucracies impact the quality of life of every person in this country and many millions outside American borders. The president, governors, mayors, legislators, judges, and the public now are increasingly concerned with how bureaucracies are using their power, and accountability is at the heart of these concerns. For what and to whom are bureaucracies accountable? This acclaimed text examines these...

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Overview

The growth in power of government bureaucracies is one of the more profound developments of 20th-century society. Bureaucracies impact the quality of life of every person in this country and many millions outside American borders. The president, governors, mayors, legislators, judges, and the public now are increasingly concerned with how bureaucracies are using their power, and accountability is at the heart of these concerns. For what and to whom are bureaucracies accountable? This acclaimed text examines these questions, primarily in the context of the federal bureaucracy. Building upon the second edition of the text, Rosen updated the entire work to incorporate significant subsequent developments. Among the most important are the Chief Financial Officer Act of 1990, the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, and the Government Management Reform Act of 1994. These three laws, with the Clinton administration's National Performance Review initiative, could substantially improve performance and accountability. The text clearly and systematically examines issues of accountability that are of concern to students and researchers as well as policymakers in the area of public administration.

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For what and to whom are bureaucracies answerable? How are they held accountable? Rosen (public affairs, American U.) addresses these questions, focusing on the context of nonelected federal bureaucrats. Topics include accountability processes in the executive and legislative branches; citizen participation, judicial review, and other instruments for accountability; and new initiatives for improved accountability, including the Clinton administration's . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275929817
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1989
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

BERNARD ROSEN is Emeritus Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Residence at the American University School of Public Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Public Administrators: Accountable for What? 3
2 Public Administrators: Accountable to Whom? 19
3 Accountability Processes Within the Executive Branch 35
4 Accountability Mechanisms and Methods Used by the Legislative Branch 63
5 Citizen Participation in the Accountability Processes 91
6 Judicial Review of Administrative Actions 117
7 Other Instruments for Accountability 137
8 New Initiatives for Improving Accountability 179
9 In Retrospect 209
Selected Bibliography 223
Index 225
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