Monday, November 14, 2011

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW-MAY 2011

CONCEPTUALISING ACCOUNTABILITY [p128]

The traditional definition of accountability generally refers to the formal duties of the public agencies to account for their actions to the Parliament and ot the Courts.However, this narrow rendering has been largely discarded in favour of an extended concept of accountability or "the duty to give account for one's actions to another person or body."The broader approach properly recognizes that there are multiple strategies of accountability "involving both public and private sectors in both horizontal and vertical relationship with public decision makers."Goverment is now more complex and fragmented than originally conceived and there is a wide range of possible mechanisms by which these regulatory actors may be held accountable."

In extending an extended concept of accountability, Scott posits key questions: who is accountable, to whom and for what?

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