Drawing on the best scholars in the field from around the world, The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability showcases conceptual and normative as well as the empirical approaches in public accountability studies. In addition to giving an overview of scholarly research in a variety of disciplines, it takes stock of a wide range of accountability mechanisms and practices across the public, private and non-profit sectors, making this volume a must-have for both practitioners and scholars, both established and new to the field.
1: Mark Bovens, Thomas Schillemans & Robert E. Goodin: Public Accountability A. Analytical Perspectives 2: Melvin J. Dubnick: Accountability as a Cultural Keyword 3: Mark E. Warren: Accountability and Democracy 4: Jane Mansbridge: A Contingency Theory of Accountability 5: Shefali V. Patil, Ferdinand Vieider & Philip E. Tetlock: Process versus Outcome Accountability 6: Sean Gailmard: Accountability and Principal-Agent Theory 7: Johan P. Olsen: Accountability and Ambiguity B. Studying Accountability 8: Christopher Koch & Jens Wustemann: Experimental Analysis 9: Gijs Jan Brandsma: Quantitative Analysis 10: Kaifeng Yang: Qualitative Analysis 11: Jane Davison: Visual Accountability C. Accountable Governance 12: Carol Harlow: Accountability and Constitutional Law 13: B. Guy Peters: Accountability in Public Administration 14: John Uhr: Accountable Civil Servants 15: Erik Hans Klijn & Joop F.M. Koppenjan: Accountable Networks 16: Bodil Damgaard & Jenny M. Lewis: Accountability and Citizen Participation 17: Yannis Papadopoulos: Accountability and Multi-Level Governance 18: Michael Goodhart: Accountable International Relations D. Organizational Accountability 19: Barbara S. Romzek: Accountable Public Services 20: Per Laegreid: Accountability and New Public Management 21: Steven Rathgeb Smith: Accountability and the Non Profit Sector 22: Sheldon Leader: Accountable Corporate Governance 23: Jonathan Koppell: Accountable Global Governance Organizations E. Accountability mechanisms 24: Mark N. Franklin, Stuart Soroka & Christopher Wlezien: Elections 25: Mark D. Jarvis: Hierarchy 26: Christie Hayne & Steven E. Salterio: Accounting and Auditing 27: Steven Van de Walle & Floor Cornelissen: Performance Reporting 28: Robert D. Behn: PerformanceStat 29: Colin Scott: Independent Regulators 30: Paul L. Posner & Asif Shahan: Audit Institutions 31: Albert Meijer: Transparency 32: Pippa Norris: Watchdog Journalism F. Debating Accountability 33: Richard Mulgan: Accountability Deficits 34: Arie Halachmi: Accountability Overloads 35: Jerry L. Mashaw: Accountability and Time 36: Sanneke Kuipers & Paul 't Hart: Accountability and Crises 37: Christopher Hood: Accountability and Blame Avoidance 38: Dorothea Greiling: Accountability and Trust 39: Mark H. Moore: Accountability, Legitimacy, and the Court of Public Opinion G. Reflections on the future of Accountability Studies 40: Melvin J. Dubnick: The Ontological Challenge 41: Frank Vibert: The Need for a Systemic Approach 42: Matthew Flinders: The Future and Relevance of Accountability Studies 43: Mark Bovens & Thomas Schillemans: Meaningful Accountability
Mark Bovens is a political scientist and lawyer by training. He is Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht University School of Governance, which he co-founded in 2000. As of 2013, he is a member of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague, the strategic think tank of the Dutch cabinet. He has published 24 monographs and edited volumes and over a hundred articles and chapters in the areas of politics, government, and legal theory. He is an internationally well-known expert in the field of accountability studies and has published a number of seminal books and papers on the topic (eg: The Quest for Responsibility: Accountability and Citizenship in Complex Organizations, CUP 1998; The Real World of EU Accountability: What Deficit?, OUP 2010). Robert E. Goodin is a philosopher and political scientist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Social & Political Theory and Philosophy in the School of Philosophy at Australian National University, as well as Professor of Government at the University of Essex. A Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Goodin is founding editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy and of the Cambridge University Press series of books on 'Theories of Institutional Design'. He served as general editor of the eleven-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. His own work straddles democratic theory (e.g. Reflective Democracy, OUP 2003), empirical welfare-state studies (e.g., The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, CUP 1999; Discretionary Time, CUP 2008) and theoretical reflections on public policy (e.g., Social Welfare as an Individual Responsibility, CUP 1998; What's Wrong with Terrorism? Polity 2006). Thomas Schillemans is a public administration scholar. He received his PhD with honors in 2007 for his thesis on Horizontal Accountability in the Shadow of Hierarchy. His working experience includes seven years at the council for social development, an advisory body of the Dutch government. His research aims to make sense of dispersed practices of governance through empirical studies that examine the interactions of executive agencies, regulators and nonprofit organizations with relevant stakeholders: clients, professional peers and the newsmedia. Public accountability is a key concept in his work. He is assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance