ISBN-10:
0754617211
ISBN-13:
9780754617211
Pub. Date:
12/01/2001
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Politics of Accountability in the Modern State

Politics of Accountability in the Modern State

by Matthew Flinders

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ISBN-13: 9780754617211
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Matthew Flinders, The University of Sheffield, UK

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesxi
Prefacexiii
Overviewxv
Part 1History and Theory
Chapter 1Reinventing Accountability1
1.1Introduction1
1.2Ministerial Responsibility and the Theory of the British State: History, Permanence and Significance2
1.3Defining Accountability and Responsibility9
1.4Evolving Mechanisms of Accountability within the British Westminster Model16
1.5Conclusion27
Part 2Account Ability Models and Case Study Analysis
Chapter 2Parliamentary Accountability: Demoralised or Revitalised?41
2.1Introduction41
2.2The Origins of the Convention of Ministerial Responsibility42
2.3The Distinction between 'Ministerial Accountability' and 'Ministerial Responsibility'47
2.4Parliament and the 'Next Steps' Reforms of the Civil Service52
2.5The Crown Prerogative and the Absence of Law55
2.6Parliament and Politics56
2.7The Codification of Convention60
2.8Select Committees64
2.9Parliamentary Questions71
2.10Conclusion76
Chapter 3Parliamentary Accountability and the Home Office93
3.1Introduction93
3.2Parliamentary Questions94
3.3Select Committees101
3.4Party Accountability115
3.5Conclusion: Withering Parliamentary Accountability?119
Chapter 4Judicial Accountability131
4.1Introduction131
4.2The Constitutional, Historical and Theoretical Background133
4.2.1The Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers134
4.2.2Bureaucratic Reform and the Law136
4.2.3The Breakdown of the Relationship137
4.2.4The Judicial Protection of Fundamental Rights140
4.2.5Towards Formal Legal Regulation of Ministerial Action142
4.3Judicial Accountability and Central Government145
4.3.1Judicial Review145
4.3.2New Horizons? Judicial Accountability and Europe155
4.3.3Judicial Inquiries and Accountability160
4.4The Abdication of Responsibility Through Legal Advice167
4.5Conclusion169
Chapter 5Judicial Accountability in the Home Office187
5.1Introduction187
5.2Judicial Review as a Mechanism of Accountable Government in the Home Office188
5.3Judicial Inquiries in the Home Office203
5.4The Home Office and the European Convention on Human Rights212
5.5The Abdication of Ministerial Responsibility Through Legal Advice217
5.6Conclusion218
Chapter 6Managerial Accountability and the Contract State229
6.1Introduction229
6.2The Background to Managerialism230
6.3Managerialism233
6.4Accountability and Tensions in the Managerial Model236
6.5Conclusion251
Chapter 7Managerial Accountability and the Home Office265
7.1Introduction265
7.2The Problems of Clarifying and Maintaining the Minister/Agency Distinction267
7.3Internal versus External Accountability within the Home Office273
7.4How Information Asymmetries are Avoided, The Role of Audit Mechanisms in the Accountability Relationship and the Degree to Which Home Office Ministers Remain 'Intelligent Customers'278
7.5The Impact of Contracting Out on Accountability, Efficiency and Ministerial Control287
7.6Conclusion: The Effect of Managerial Accountability on Ministerial Responsibility to Parliament294
Part 3Freedom of Information and Conclusion
Chapter 8The Executive Morality and Inverted Conventions: Ministerial Responsibility and Freedom of Information309
8.1Introduction309
8.2The Code of Practice on Access to Official Information310
8.3The White Paper Your Right to Know312
8.4The Draft Freedom of Information Bill315
8.5The Difference between 'Open Government' and 'Freedom of Information'319
8.6The Rationale Underpinning the Draft Bill on Freedom of Information320
8.7Conclusion327
Chapter 9Understanding the Politics of Accountability339
9.1Introduction339
9.2Research Findings and Future Research Agendas340
9.2.1Political Accountability340
9.2.2Judicial Accountability342
9.2.3Managerial Accountability343
9.2.4Future Research345
9.3Emerging Agendas for the Responsibility of the Core Executive346
9.3.1Risk347
9.3.2'Joined Up' Government348
9.3.3The Development of Information Technology350
9.3.4Innovations in Political Machinery351
9.3.5The Constitutional Reform Agenda352
9.3.6The Evolving State356
9.4Conclusion: Labour, Parliament and Power in the Modern State359
Methodology375
Bibliography383
Index431

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