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Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change
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Democratic Accountability, Political Order, and Change: Exploring Accountability Processes in an Era of European Transformation

Johan P. Olsen


Ongoing transformations of the political organization of Europe, where both the nation-state and the European Union are challenged, make it possible to explore phenomena that are difficult to see in stable periods. An upsurge in accountability demands, where political leaders are required to explain and justify what they are doing, is one such phenomenon. Mainstream approaches to democratic accountability, assuming settled principal–agent relations, may give insight into the routines of institutional accountability. But this book argues that it is not enough to analyze how accountability proce ... More

Keywords: democratic accountability, democratic deficit, institutional approach, legitimacy, order maintaining, order transforming, political change, political order, principal–agent approach, the people

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198800606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198800606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johan P. Olsen, author
Professor Emeritus in Political Science and Founding Director of Arena, Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo