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date: 24 September 2017

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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 governance. Dubnick explores how its emergence as a “cultural keyword” has transformed both the form and function of accountability, and the challenges this development poses for the study of accountable governance. 

Keywords: accountability, cultural keyword, governance, conceptual analysis, definition, etymology, N-gram, meaning

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