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Accountability Problems

Literature Review on Accountability Design Problems

In the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, [1] David S. Jarvis offers the following summary about the topic of Accountability Design Problems: In the study of government accountability, one thing that is often overlooked is the importance of accountability in policy design. This entry argues that, rather than merely considering accountability in a reactive setting, it ought to be considered proactively in policy design. It discusses how this impacts both accountability in policy design, using the example of TARP and ARRA, as well as accountability in organizational design, using the example of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This entry asserts that it is important to consider accountability in the design phase of both policies and organizations. This helps make the policies and organizations more intentionally responsive and focused on accountability. If the goal of those in the accountability community, if not government more generally, is to create an environment in which accountable government is the norm, this is one important way to do so. If accountability is made a part of the process at the start, it is more likely to be found at the end.


Notes and References

  1. Entry about Accountability Design Problems in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2015, Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Further Reading

  • Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (2018, Springer International Publishing, Germany)

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