Two Concepts of Accountability: Accountability as a Virtue and as a Mechanism

@inproceedings{Bovens2010TwoCO,
  title={Two Concepts of Accountability: Accountability as a Virtue and as a Mechanism},
  author={Mark Bovens},
  year={2010}
}
This paper distinguishes between two main concepts of accountability: accountability as a virtue and accountability as a mechanism. In the former case, accountability is used primarily as a normative concept, as a set of standards for the evaluation of the behaviour of public actors. Accountability or, more precisely, being accountable, is seen as a positive quality in organisations or officials. Hence, accountability studies often focus on normative issues, on the assessment of the actual and… CONTINUE READING

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