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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies
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Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Kaare Strøm, Wolfgang C. Müller, and Torbjörn Bergman


Parliamentary democracy is the most common way of organizing delegation and accountability in contemporary democracies. Yet knowledge of this type of regime has been incomplete and often unsystematic. Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies offers new conceptual clarity on the topic. Taking principal-agent theory as its framework, the work illustrates how a variety of apparently unrelated representation issues can now be understood. This procedure allows scholarship to move well beyond what have previously been cloudy and confusing debates aimed at defining the virtues and p ... More

Keywords: accountability, central banks, corporatism, delegation, democratic governance, European Union, parliamentarism, parliamentary democracy, policy process, principal-agent theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/019829784X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaare Strøm, editor
Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
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Wolfgang C. Müller, editor
Professor in Department of Government, University of Vienna
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Torbjörn Bergman, editor
Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Umeå University, Sweden
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Part I Introduction And Theory

Part II Survey

Part III Analysis And Conclusion

End Matter