Book launch: Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change

Professor Emeritus in Political Science and founding director of ARENA Johan P. Olsen will present his latest book Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change at ARENA on 9 June 2017.

In his latest book Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change Johan P. Olsen explores accountability processes in the context of European transformation. He  examines democratic accountability as a mechanism by which citizens are supposed to influence and control their elected representatives, non-elected officials, and other power holders.

The aim of this book is twofold: to contribute to the theorization of democratic accountability and to discuss what accountability processes tell us about political order and orderly change in general.

Ongoing transformations of the political organization of Europe, where both the nation-state and the European Union are challenged, make it possible to explore phenomena that are difficult to see in stable periods. An upsurge in accountability-demands, where political leaders are required to explain and justify what they are doing, is one such phenomenon. 

Programme

13.15

Welcome: Erik O. Eriksen, Director ARENA

13.20

Democratic accountability, political order, and change or (if you want): Democratic accountability: bringing politics back in

Johan P. Olsen, Professor Emeritus in Political Science and Founding Director of ARENA

13.45  

Accountability in unsettled situations: beyond the principal agent approach

Per Lægreid, University of Bergen

14.10    Discussion
14.35 

Reflections on institution building

Ragnar Lie, former Administrative Director, ARENA

15.15

Reception

Light refreshments will be served

Registration

Registration closes Tuesday 6 June

About the book

Johan P. Olsen
Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change. Exploring Accountability Processes in an Era of European Transformation

Oxford University Press, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-19-880060-6

Organizer

ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
Published May 23, 2017 1:06 PM - Last modified June 1, 2017 8:46 AM