Modes of democratic accountability

Robert E. Goodin

in Innovating Democracy

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547944
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720116 | DOI:
Modes of democratic accountability

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This chapter identifies three different accountability regimes associated with each of the main sectors of society: the state, the market, and the voluntary non-profit sector. Each focuses on a different subject of accountability (actions, results, and intentions, respectively) and on a different mechanism of accountability (hierarchy, competition, and cooperative networking, respectively). Those different regimes can complement one another, enhancing the democratic accountability of the system overall. The sort of ‘network accountability’ that is found among non-profit organizations in the more formally organized Third Sector is indicative of how accountability might be achieved within civil society and the public sphere more generally.

Keywords: accountability; networks; non-profit sector; public sphere; state; market

Chapter.  12405 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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