This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Chapter 44: 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, ...