The nexus between agencification and horizontal accountability

A multi-country survey analysis

Koen Verhoest*, Jan Wynen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Accountability to political principals, stakeholders and citizens is a major issue in the literature on structurally disaggregated autonomous agencies. There are numerous accounts in the literature which claim that the need for independence of agencies reduces the ability of political principals to hold it and its leadership accountable for actions. However, next to traditional vertical accountability instruments (e.g., monitoring and evaluation of the organization or senior management), 'alternatives' such as horizontal ways of holding agencies accountable exist. Using multi-country survey data, this article explores how managerial autonomy affects the existence and use of such accountability mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-202
Number of pages19
JournalTransylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences
Issue number48E
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agencies
  • horizontal accountability mechanisms
  • managerial autonomy

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The nexus between agencification and horizontal accountability : A multi-country survey analysis. / Verhoest, Koen; Wynen, Jan.

In: Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No. 48E, 06.2016, p. 184-202.

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