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AccountabilityA Public Law Analysis of Government by Contract$
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Anne Davies

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299486.001.0001

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Accountability Mechanisms

Accountability Mechanisms

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A. C. L. Davies

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This chapter starts the process of developing a framework of public law norms for internal contracts by setting out a policy to guide that development. It proposes that governments can be viewed as mechanisms of accountability, particularly from provider to purchaser. Thus, a task for regulation is to set norms which would help make that accountability process fair and effective. It argues that for effective policy implementation three criteria are needed: accountability is a fundamental value in a democracy, and therefore politically acceptable; internal contracts can be interpreted as mechanisms of accountability; and the idea of a fair and effective mechanism of accountability is a fruitful source of norms. The chapter concludes that the promotion of accountability as a guiding policy is appealing because it is a core value in the public sector.

Keywords:   mechanism of accountability, democracy, guiding policy, core value, norms, regulation

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