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Aaron Wildavsky, The Politics of the Budgetary Process  

Joachim Wehner

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Mar 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter comments on Aaron Wildavsky’s seminal work, The Politics of the Budgetary Process, an in-depth look at the norms and rules of budgeting in the United States and the stable ... More

Accountability and Ambiguity  

Johan P. Olsen

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
Ambiguity is intrinsic to life. Yet, mainstream accountability theory reduces its area of application by not taking ambiguity seriously. The literature treats too many aspects as exogenous ... More

Accountability and Blame–Avoidance  

Christopher Hood

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter advances three claims. First, it argues that the concepts of accountability and blame-avoidance have much in common and can be understood as mirror-image concepts for the ... More

Accountability and Democracy  

Mark E. Warren

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
Democracy, rule of the people, is comprised of complex webs of accountabilities between people and those who use power to govern on their behalf. Democratic accountability is comprised of ... More

Accountability and Multi-Level Governance  

Yannis Papadopoulos

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter first presents the major characteristics of multi-level governance and gives examples thereof from the European and the transnational level. It then identifies a number of ... More

Accountability and New Public Management  

Per Lægreid

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter links the rise of public accountability to the wave of New Public Management (NPM) reforms. It argues that the relationship between increased managerial accountability and ... More

Accountability and Principal–Agent Theory  

Sean Gailmard

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
Principal-agent theory encapsulates a tradition of rational choice modeling in which some actor(s)—the principal(s)—uses whatever actions are available to provide incentives for some other ... More

Accountability and Time  

Jerry L. Mashaw

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter puts the issue of time on the accountability studies agenda. It argues that time is a crucial consideration in the design of accountable institutions. But it also claims that ... More

Accountability and Trust  

Dorothea Greiling

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
In the past decades we have witnessed an increase of public accountability obligations while trust in the public sector has become more volatile. Based on a literature review, different ... More

Accountability as a Cultural Keyword  

Melvin J. Dubnick

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May 2014
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Aug 2014
This chapter examines the emergence of accountability as a culturally significant concept that both reflects and shapes changes taking place in our understanding of contemporary ... More

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