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IDS Bulletin 38.6

New Directions in Theorising Social Accountability?

Published on 1 December 2007

In classical democratic theory, the justification for accountability related almost exclusively to elected representatives. In contemporary governance thinking, by contrast, the objects of accountability initiatives quite centrally, if not primarily, include
non-elected public bureaucracies.

This is not particularly surprising given the blurring, in recent times, of the line between the political and the administrative. The enlargement of bureaucracies and the often collaborative nature of their relationship with the political executive have made it difficult to attribute particular actions to either.

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Jayal, N., G. (2007) New Directions in Theorising Social Accountability?. IDS Bulletin 38(6): 105-112

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Niraja Gopal Jayal

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authors
Jayal, Niraja Gopal
journal
IDS Bulletin, volume 38, issue 6
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2007.tb00425.x
language
English

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