Andreas Eriksen, ‘“Accountability overload”: Too much of a good thing?’ (17 July 2018)

The study of the accountability of administrative agencies should enable us to assess whether agency decisions are appropriately scrutinized. In order for this to be possible, we need sense of what makes something into a genuine accountability practice—as opposed to merely a set of administrative hurdles that create an illusory sense of public oversight. What does it mean for a mechanism or procedure to enable accountability? This blog post aims to clarify why acquiescing in an overly permissive or inclusive conception of what counts as accountability leads both normative and empirical analysis astray. Agency accountability is about fidelity to mandate, not satisfying expectations or securing reputational standing.
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New TARN Blog: Andreas Eriksen on Agencies’ Accountability Overload