appeal and therefore coverage is minimal unless the administrative action seriously affects the powerful or the poor, or is otherwise newsworthy.
Probably the most important continuing actions taken by the news media that enhance accountability are reports made about activities of individuals or groups who seek to influence public policy and the controversy they generate. Wide publicity about significant differences over policy, program, and performance between agency administrators and other executive agencies, legislative committees, interest groups, and courts alerts and educates the citizenry.
Individual citizens and all of the institutions discussed in this chapter have some capacity for holding public administrators accountable. At various times their actions are redundant, intimidating, harassing, costly, and ineffective. More often they are constructive and productive. Strengths and weaknesses of these accountability agents will be apparent as specific policies and processes are discussed in succeeding chapters.
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Publication information: Book title: Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: Bernard Rosen - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 31.
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