Public Accountability: Designs, Dilemmas and Experiences

Public Accountability: Designs, Dilemmas and Experiences

by Michael W. Dowdle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521617618

ISBN-13: 9780521617611

Pub. Date: 06/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There is an ongoing perception that public accountability in modern-day governance is in "crisis," caused by globalization and the increasing power of private economic interests. This book responds to that idea, providing the most comprehensive survey to date of how different organizations hold persons acting in the public interest to account, and the various

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There is an ongoing perception that public accountability in modern-day governance is in "crisis," caused by globalization and the increasing power of private economic interests. This book responds to that idea, providing the most comprehensive survey to date of how different organizations hold persons acting in the public interest to account, and the various problems they face. It shows how key issues - such as public-mindedness, democracy and responsibility - and structures - such as bureaucracy, markets and transparency - adopt radically different and sometimes contradictory interpretations when viewed from different experiential perspectives. It also demonstrates how underlying all this are core communities of experiences that bind these diverse interpretations and perspectives into a complex web of mutual interaction and influence. The book includes studies not only of Anglo-American experiences, but also of the experiences of foreign and transnational organizations: NGOs, transnational resistance movements, the Indonesian labor movement, and the Chinese Parliament. Contributors to the volume are all internationally recognized experts in their fields.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521617611
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     xiii
List of contributors     xiv
Acknowledgments     xvi
Public accountability: conceptual, historical, and epistemic mappings   Michael W. Dowdle     1
Accountability and the State
Accountability and responsibility through restorative justice   John Braithwaite     33
The myth of non-bureaucratic accountability and the anti-administrative impulse   Edward Rubin     52
Extending public accountability through privatization: from public law to publicization   Jody Freeman     83
Accountability and Design
Accountability and institutional design: some thoughts on the grammar of governance   Jerry L. Mashaw     115
Emerging labor movements and the accountability dilemma: the case of Indonesia   Michele Ford     157
Spontaneous accountability   Colin Scott     174
Accountability and Participation
Accounting for accountability in neoliberal regulatory regimes   Christine B. Harrington   Z. Umut Turem     195
The mark of responsibility (with a postscript on accountability)   John Gardner     220
Technocratic v. convivial accountability   Bronwen Morgan     243
Accountability and Experience
Understanding NGO-based social and environmentalregulatory systems: why we need new models of accountability   Sasha Courville     271
Problem-solving courts and the judicial accountability deficit   Michael C. Dorf     301
Public accountability in alien terrain: exploring for constitutional accountability in the People's Republic of China   Michael W. Dowdle     329
Notes     358
Bibliography     404
Index     446

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