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Robert Gregory

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 44: Accountability in Modern Government

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Accountability in Modern Government
Accountability in modern government
Accountability as Control

In Britain in the mid-1990s a major political controversy arose over the respective accountabilities of prison management and ministers of the crown (Barker, 1998; Polidano, 1999). In the United States, serious issues of accountability were identified in the wake of the Challenger space shuttle disaster (Romzek and Dubnick, 1987). More recently, the collision between the USS Greeneville and the Japanese fishing trawler Ehime Maru focused public attention on the accountability of the Greeneville s commander. In Canada, twelve children died as a result of shortcomings in a Manitoban paediatric cardiac surgery programme (Manitoba Health, 2001). In New Zealand fourteen people were killed by the collapse of a wilderness viewing platform built by a government department (Gregory, ...

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