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The reflection and expansion of government?
Peter Triantafillou

4 Accountability: The reflection and expansion of government? Introduction In 2012, the US General Accountability Office1 was awarded the (spoof) Ignobel Prize in Literature for its report on the costs of reports in the US defence system (GAO, 2012a). As stated by the Prize Committee, the GAO was awarded the prize ‘for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports’ (Improbable Research, 2012). Of course, this prize is meant as a joke and should not be taken too seriously. Yet

in Neoliberal power and public management reforms
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Myrto Tsakatika

3 Accountability Introduction This chapter will examine accountability as a sub-practice of EU governance. It will first distinguish between political and other forms of accountability, then try to spell out the basic rationale behind political accountability and examine what we do – and do not do – when we hold someone to account. Next, it will be shown that in order for accountability to be effective, the institutional structure in a system of governance must meet two requirements: what we will call ‘check’ and ‘forum’. In the second part of the chapter we

in Political responsibility and the European Union
Anglo-American relief during the Hamidian massacres, 1894–98
Stéphanie Prévost

perspective allows for the investigation of the two organisations’ strategies in light of developing norms of humanitarian accountability, shedding new light on foreign interference in the Ottoman Empire and on ongoing debates over humanitarianism at a time when clearly established international relief patterns were still relatively absent from international law. 4 Inspired by the work on late-Victorian humanitarian accountability norms engaging with the concept of ‘gift reciprocity and transactional charity’ in the work of Marcel Mauss, this chapter asks what moral

in Aid to Armenia
Marc Geddes

spotlight in recent times, demonstrating the accountability and law-making challenges that Parliament faces. Although the UK Parliament faces unique challenges, these opening pages have shown that there are truly global questions about the role of legislatures in political systems, including their ability to represent the interests of citizens and respond to their concerns. It also points to widespread

in Dramas at Westminster
Stuart Hodkinson

5 The accountability vacuum The previous two chapters showed at close hand the grim reality of outsourced regeneration under PFI in Islington, Camden and Lambeth. Far from isolated cases, botched design, poor construction and unreliable repairs have featured across the PFI programmes.1 Drawing on interviews with public and private sector professionals, residents involved in PFI schemes and whistle-blowers, in this chapter I will argue that outsourced public housing under PFI has suffered from a systematic ‘accountability vacuum’ at the heart of its model

in Safe as houses
Nigel D. White

The expectations placed upon the UN have led to a change from it being viewed as a benign, if ineffective, IGO, one which could not be expected to make a real difference, to being seen as a source of legitimate authority for action taken to deal with threats to the peace and to prevent serious breaches of international law. The fact that the UN and other similar IGOs are operational, and that their decisions affect the lives of millions, have led to greater demands for accountability of IGOs and access to justice when they have caused harm. These demands are

in The law of international organisations (third edition)
Rita Kaur Dhamoon

5302P Democracy MUP-PT/lb.qxd 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 12 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40 1 42111 23/10/09 16:09 Page 241 11 Democracy, accountability and disruption Rita Kaur Dhamoon Over recent decades, there has been a proliferation of literature in contemporary political theory on the relationship between diversity, especially cultural diversity, and democracy. A wide range of theorists have developed and defended various models of democracy (e.g. dialogical, deliberative, communicative, representative or

in Democracy in crisis
Peter Triantafillou

5 Democratic accountability and the institutionalisation of performance auditing Introduction This chapter explores the changing role of supreme audit institutions (SAIs), or national audit offices, in the institutionalisation of performance auditing as a part of democratic accountability. It examines how performance auditing of state and other public institutions has become increasingly important in most OECD countries (Posner & Shahan, 2014). Most SAIs seem to have moved from a relatively narrow focus on technical and legal accounting to a wider focus that now

in Neoliberal power and public management reforms
Sophie Roborgh

legal accountability, has affected our data-gathering and analytical purposes. By seeking ‘evidence’ instead of experiences, we risk overlooking the intrinsic value that providing témoignage [‘witnessing’] on attacks has as an act in itself, and how it can silence victims and witnesses in its own (well-intended) manner. Finally, it questions whether these three key goals – analysis, advocacy and accountability – are all equally well served in our current

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Alain-Guy Sipowo

this context that the question of the role of the African human rights system with respect to the accountability of multinational corporations is posed. While it is indisputable that Africa needs FDI to grow, the question as to whether this investment is sustainable, that is to say, whether it takes into account economic progress as much as social issues, is acute. If we had to

in African perspectives in international investment law