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. 



Welcome: Erik O. Eriksen, Director ARENA


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


Accountability in unsettled situations: beyond the principal agent approach

Per Lægreid, University of Bergen

14.10    Discussion

Reflections on institution building

Ragnar Lie, former Administrative Director, ARENA



Light refreshments will be served

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


ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo
Published May 23, 2017 1:06 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2018 9:29 AM