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Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution

Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland

Abstract

Accountability is regarded as a central feature of modern constitutionalism. At a general level, this prominence is perhaps unsurprising, given the long history of the idea. However, in many constitutional democracies, including the UK and the USA, it has acquired a particular resonance in contemporary circumstances with the declining power of social deference, the expanding reach of populist accountability mechanisms, and the increasing willingness of citizens to find mechanisms for challenging official decision-making. These chapters seek to explore how ideas of and mechanisms associated wit ... More

Keywords: accountability, social deference, accountability mechanisms, Dicey, Parliament, courts, judicial accountability, new public management, public service delivery, constitutional reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670024.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Bamforth, editor
Fellow in Law, The Queen's College, Oxford

Peter Leyland, editor
Professor of Public Law, London Metropolitan University