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The Routledge Handbook to Accountability and Welfare State Reforms in Europe

Edited by: Tom Christensen , Per Lægreid

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472470591
eBook ISBN: 9781315612713
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044208

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There is growing concern that welfare states are inefficient, unsustainable and lack popular support. New Public Management reforms affected the balance between managerial and political accountability and disrupted administrative, legal, professional and social accountability, causing confusion as to whom public organizations are really accountable.

The Routledge Handbook to Accountability and Welfare State Reforms in Europe assesses multi-dimensional accountability relations in depth, addressing the dynamic between accountability and reforms. Analyzing how welfare state reforms oriented towards agencification, managerialism and marketization affected existing relationships in services traditionally provided by public institutions, the theoretically informed, empirical chapters provide specific examples of their effect on accountability. Expert contributors explore the relationship between accountability and performance and the impact of reforms on political, administrative, managerial, legal, professional and social accountability. The role of specific actors, such as the media and citizens, on the accountability process addressing issues of blame avoidance, reputation and autonomous agencies is discussed.

Comparative chapters across time, countries, administrative levels and policy areas are included, along with discussions linking accountability with concepts like legitimacy, democracy, coordination and performance. This handbook will be an essential reference tool to those studying European politics and public policy.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Democratic Order, Autonomy and Accountability  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Accountability, Performance and Legitimacy in the Welfare State Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Combining Agency and Stewardship Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Hybrid Welfare Administrative Systems and Changing Accountability Relations Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Public Sector Reform and Accountability Dynamics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The Welfare State in Flux Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Dimensions of Accountability in Healthcare  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Accountability Through Performance Management? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Accountability, Legitimacy And Immigration Control Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Welfare Reforms, Accountability and Performance Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Accountability, Transparency and Societal Security  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Accountability Under Inquiry Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Accountability Relations in Unsettled Situations Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Accountability in Times of Austerity Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Regulatory Reform, Accountability and Blame in Public Service Delivery Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Principles Meet Practicalities Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Multiple Accountabilities in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPS) Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Digital Era Governance Reform and Accountability Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Dynamics of the Eu Accountability Landscape Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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