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Institutions of Accountability: The ‘In-betweens’ (Deadline: 01.11.2014)

Mechanisms of Public Accountability

Chr. Michelsen Institute & Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen

Nov 01, 2014 12:00 AM

The Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen calls for papers for a workshop on institutions of accountability.

The workshop aims to present papers as part of four sub-themes related to these in-between accountability institutions:

Institutional arrangements and culture

The first theme investigates the institutional position of accountability institutions within the confines of the given political regime. Here, the focus is on institutional arrangements for ensuring the independence of the selected accountability institutions. The main research question is: what formal and informal preconditions are required for these institutions to function effectively?

International standardisation and collaboration

The second theme examines the transnational dimension which acknowledges that accountability institutions do not operate in a vacuum. International standards have been made in the form of certificates, codes of conduct and rules to guide these institutions in their operations. The main research question is: how does international standardisation and cooperation influence the functioning of national accountability institutions?

Responsiveness and effectiveness

The third theme studies the responsiveness and effectiveness of accountability institutions and how they engage with the citizenry. The main research questions in this stream are hence: how responsive and effective are they in addressing public accountability concerns and secondly, are they in a position to decisively affect public policy?

Measurement challenges

The fourth theme addresses the measurement challenges in the research of these accountability institutions. Here the aim is to look for theory-testing studies and studies that address the challenges of small ‘n’ and comparability of cases, with a particular view to different contexts (regimes, economic development, and culture) in which these institutions operate. Towards that end, it may be necessary to go beyond formal/legal categories to capture how accountability relations play out in practice.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 1 November 2014 to 

16 Oct 2014

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