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Interactive Political LeadershipThe Role of Politicians in the Age of Governance$
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Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777953.001.0001

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Promoting Political Accountability through Interactive Political Leadership

Promoting Political Accountability through Interactive Political Leadership

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Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

The age of governance challenges traditional understandings and methods for holding political decision-makers to account. A hitherto-hegemonic party government approach to political accountability is losing ground to new theoretical perceptions of political accountability, and forty years of government reforms have brought with them a variety of new methods for holding public authorities to account. What unites these theoretical and empirical developments is a redefinition of what political accountability means and how it is to be obtained in a multi-actor governance context where not only governments but also a wide variety of political and social actors play an active and influential role in the policy-making process. Chapter 5 proposes a concept of political learning accountability, and argues that interactive political leadership offers itself as a suitable strategy for promoting the throughput legitimacy of representative democracy by involving citizens and stakeholders in concrete policy-making.

Keywords:   throughput legitimacy, political accountability, party government, political learning, robust accountability, executive politicians

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