Accountability in the Regulatory State

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Title: Accountability in the Regulatory State
Authors: Scott, Colin
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Date: 2000
Online since: 2015-08-05T16:18:53Z
Abstract: Accountability has long been both a key theme and a key problem in constitutional scholarship. The centrality of the accountability debates in contemporary political and legal discourse is a product of the difficulty of balancing the autonomy given to those exercising public power with appropriate control. The traditional mechanisms of accountability to Parliament and to the courts are problematic because in a complex administrative state, characterized by widespread delegation of discretion to actors located far from the centre of government, the conception of centralized responsibility upon which traditional accountability mechanisms are based is often fictional. The problems of accountability have been made manifest by the transformations wrought on public administration by the new public management (NPM) revolution which have further fragmented the public sector. In this article it is argued that if public lawyers are to be reconciled to these changes then it will be through recognizing the potential for additional or extended mechanisms of accountability in supplementing or displacing traditional accountability functions. The article identifies and develops two such extended accountability models: interdependence and redundancy.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Journal of Law and Society
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Start page: 38
End page: 60
Copyright (published version): 2000 Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Keywords: RegulationRegulatory stateAccountability
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6478.00146
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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