Accountability and the Survival of Governments

José María Maravall

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Accountability and the Survival of Governments

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This article considers accountability and the survival of governments. A government is considered to be accountable when its citizens can hold it responsible for its actions and punish or reward it with their vote during the elections. The article begins with a look at the elections and the retrospective control of politicians. Some empirical evidence that has been gathered from retrospective models of elections is presented, and the limits of accountability are identified. Finally, non-electoral threats are discussed.

Keywords: accountability; retrospective control; empirical evidence; retrospective models; elections; limits of accountability; non-electoral threats

Article.  14713 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Public Policy

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