Holding Government Bureaucracies Accountable

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a citizenry alienated from its government, and increases the likelihood of more effective, more responsive, and more accountable government.

Finally, citizen confidence in the administrative institutions of government is affected profoundly by evidence of the administrator's commitment to the most fundamental values in a democratic society. Citizen confidence is enhanced when the policies and decisions of the bureaucracy provide for equal treatment under the law, when they support each person's right to life and liberty, when they respect individual privacy, when they honor due process, and when they move us toward a more just society. When our government bureaucracies behave in this manner they help preserve our noblest ideals and enlarge the consent of the governed.


NOTES
1.
U.S. Constitution, Art. 2, Sec. 1.
2.
U.S. Constitution, Art. 2, Sec. 3.
3.
Rowland Egger, "Responsibility in Administration", in Public Administration and Democracy, ed. Roscoe C. Martin ( Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1965), p. 303.
4.
John R. Simpson, Director, U.S. Secret Service, Roger W. Jones Lecture, Washington, D.C., March 7, 1988.
5.
Public Law 103-62, 1993.
6.
Kenneth Culp Davis, Discretionary Justice ( Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1976), pp. 3-161.
7.
From Max Weber, trans. and ed. H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1946), pp. 196-244.
8.
Donald Warwick, "The Ethics of Administrative Discretion", in Public Duties: The Moral Obligations of Government Officials, ed. Alan Fleischman et al. ( Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), pp. 115-125.
9.
Irving Kristol, "Big Government and Little Men", in The New Leader, November 26, 1962, p. 14.
10.
Data obtained from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
11.
The Harris Survey, "Alienation Sharply Rises", September 8, 1986.
12.
Survey by the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press, "The New Political Leadership", 1994, p. 22.
13.
University of Michigan National Election Survey for 1966 and by Gallup Organization for 1994, Public Administration Review ( November/December 1996), p. 521.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Part I - The Substance of Accountability 1
  • 1 - Public Administrators: Accountable for What? 3
  • Notes 17
  • 2 - Public Administrators: Accountable to Whom? 19
  • Notes 31
  • Part II - The Processes of Accountability 33
  • 3 - Accountability Processes Within the Executive Branch 35
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - Accountability Mechanisms and Methods Used by the Legislative Branch 63
  • Notes 88
  • 5 - Citizen Participation in the Accountability Processes 91
  • Notes 115
  • 6 - Judicial Review of Administrative Actions 117
  • Notes 134
  • 7 - Other Instruments for Accountability 137
  • Notes 172
  • Part III - The Future 177
  • 8 - New Initiatives for Improving Accountability 179
  • Notes 205
  • 9 - In Retrospect 209
  • Notes 221
  • Selected Bibliography 223
  • Index 225
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