Democratic accountability and the terms of political order

Johan P. Olsen has published an article in European Political Science Review on the shifting significance of accountability processes.

Abstract

This paper explores the shifting significance of accountability processes and why they sometimes attract considerable public attention and citizens’ involvement, whereas at other times they escape public notice. Accountability processes are conceived of as order-maintaining or order-transforming processes and I interpret the recent obsession with democratic accountability as part of a struggle over the terms of political order. This paper attends to the importance of political association involving different mixes of unity/diversity, trust/mistrust, and historical experiences; political organization and the ordering routines, ideas, and resources of different institutions; and political agency and shifting attention, zones of acceptance, and action capabilities.

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Johan P. Olsen
Democratic accountability and the terms of political order

European Political Science Review, FirstView, 15 April 2016, pp.1-19
DOI: 10.1017/S1755773916000084

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