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Accountability in the European Union$
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Carol Harlow

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245970.001.0001

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Thinking about Accountability

Thinking about Accountability

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(p.6) 1 Thinking about Accountability
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Accountability in the European Union
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Carol Harlow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245970.003.0002

This chapter sets out to track the various meanings of the term ‘accountability’ and its progression in the world of European governance. The chapter begins by describing the concept of accountability within the British system of government, and continues by presenting the definition of accountability by Dawn Oliver through a thoughtful study of accountability in the modern British constitution. In Oliver's definition, accountability is linked both to ‘state power’ and ‘liberal-democratic’ systems, and it is with this general conception of accountability that this book is concerned. This chapter also describes the work of other writers with regard to the cropping up of accountability in European governments, especially in the European Union. Accountability alongside transparency attained considerable resonance during the last decades of the 20th century as values representative of popular democracy.

Keywords:   transparency, UK, liberal democracy

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