Public Accountability: Designs, Dilemmas and Experiences

Public Accountability: Designs, Dilemmas and Experiences

by Michael W. Dowdle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521852145

ISBN-13: 9780521852142

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:
9780521852142
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Law and Society Series
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Public accountability : conceptual, historical, and epistemic mappings1
2Accountability and responsibility through restorative justice33
3The myth of non-bureaucratic accountability and the anti-administrative impulse52
4Extending public accountability through privatization : from public law to publicization83
5Accountability and institutional design : some thoughts on the grammar of governance115
6Emerging labor movements and the accountability dilemma : the case of Indonesia157
7Spontaneous accountability174
8Accounting for accountability in neoliberal regulatory regimes195
9The mark of responsibility (with a postscript on accountability)220
10Technocratic V. convivial accountability243
11Understanding NGO-based social and environmental regulatory systems : why we need new models of accountability271
12Problem-solving courts and the judicial accountability deficit301
13Public accountability in alien terrain : exploring for constitutional accountability in the People's Republic of China329

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