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Accountability in Global GovernancePluralist Accountability in Global Governance$
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Gisela Hirschmann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198861249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198861249.001.0001

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Pluralist Accountability

Pluralist Accountability

A Theoretical Framework

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Accountability in Global Governance

Gisela Hirschmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the theoretical framework of this book. This comprises a review of the concept of accountability in the existing literature, which summarizes the perspectives of principal-agent research, legal scholarship, and the research on transnational actors in global governance. It also contains a section on the challenges for accountability and legitimacy in complex global governance structures, illustrated by the phenomenon of prolonged delegation relationships. The theoretical framework further comprises the conceptualization of pluralist accountability as the dependent variable, the conceptualization of the model specifying the conditions for pluralist accountability, and the research design with a section on case selection, methods, and data acquisition.

Keywords:   international organizations, accountability, human rights, United Nations peace operations, austerity, global health governance, principal-agent theory, legal accountability, complex delegation, research design

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