Making sense of accountability: Conceptual perspectives for northern and southern nonprofits

  title={Making sense of accountability: Conceptual perspectives for northern and southern nonprofits},
  author={Alnoor Ebrahim},
  journal={Nonprofit Management and Leadership},
  • Alnoor Ebrahim
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
This article examines the concept of accountability from various disciplinary lenses in order to develop an integrated understanding of the term. Special attention is devoted to principal—agent perspectives from political science and economics. An integrated framework is developed, based on four central observations. (1) Accountability is relational in nature and is constructed through inter- and intraorganizational relationships. (2) Accountability is complicated by the dual role of nonprofits… Expand

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