The Reputational Basis of Public Accountability

  title={The Reputational Basis of Public Accountability},
  author={E. Madalina Busuioc and Martin Lodge},
This article proposes a reputation‐based approach to account for two core puzzles of accountability. The first is the misfit between behavioral predictions of the hegemonic political science framework for talking about accountability, namely, principal–agent, and empirical findings. The second puzzle is the unrivaled popularity of accountability, given evidence that supposedly accountability‐enhancing measures often lead to opposite effects. A “reputation‐informed” theoretical approach to… 
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