Holding Power to Account

Accountability in Modern Democracies

  • Richard Mulgan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Richard Mulgan
    Pages 1-35
  3. Richard Mulgan
    Pages 188-225
  4. Richard Mulgan
    Pages 226-240
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-253

About this book


This book provides a general overview of accountability, a key concept in modern democratic governance. Richard Mulgan draws on examples and analyses from the United States and the United Kingdom as well as other 'Westminster' countries. Major topics discussed include the contrast between accountability in the public and private sectors, the effects of public management reforms on accountability, accountability for collective actions, accountability in networks and the limits of accountability.


governance government management networks New Public Management public management reforms state

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Mulgan
    • 1
  1. 1.Australian National UniversityAustralia

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