Locating Accountability - Conceptual and categorical challenges in the literature


On a national level, accountability is well understood and institutionalized; those in power make decisions that affect the lives of voters, who respond by re-electing them or not. Not all issues, however, are ones that fit neatly within domestic borders.

Different conceptions of accountability also pervade the accountability literature, affect policy prescriptions, and make it difficult to develop accountability mechanisms to use in global governance.

This report maps out the accountability literature and challenges the standard way of analyzing accountability.

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Anna Drake, Mark Halle, Robert Wolfe
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Updated: 2013-03-06