On Accountability and Institutional Design

Laurence Whitehead

in Democratization

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

On Accountability and Institutional Design

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Considers the theory and practices of ‘accountability’ that are associated with liberal constitutionalism, democracy, and especially contemporary democratization. Once again, it adopts a broad temporal and spatial perspective with the result that a plurality of alternative approaches and possibilities is highlighted, and processes of accountability‐building are presented as open‐ended. The chapter argues that it is possible to have both ‘too much’ accountability and also the ‘wrong sort’. Bicameralism and impeachment are selected for particular attention.

Keywords: accountability; bicameralism; impeachment; institutional design

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Subjects: Politics

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