Making the Civil Service Accountable

S.R. Maheshwari

in Public Administration in India

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195683769
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080373 | DOI:
Making the Civil Service Accountable

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This chapter examines the accountability of the civil service sector in India. Accountability in India has two facets that are separate but interrelated. The first is political which is founded on its parliamentary system of government of the Westminster model and the second is primarily administrative where the political executive holds the civil servants accountable for how they carry out their responsibilities. This chapter also discusses the issues of collective responsibility, ministerial responsibility, and parliamentary control.

Keywords: accountability; Westminster model; civil service; India; collective responsibility; ministerial responsibility; parliamentary control

Chapter.  6328 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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