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DemocratizationTheory and Experience$
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Laurence Whitehead

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253285.001.0001

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On Accountability and Institutional Design

On Accountability and Institutional Design

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(p.90) 4 On Accountability and Institutional Design
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Democratization
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Laurence Whitehead (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199253285.003.0005

Considers the theory and practices of ‘accountability’ that are associated with liberal constitutionalism, democracy, and especially contemporary democratization. Once again, it adopts a broad temporal and spatial perspective with the result that a plurality of alternative approaches and possibilities is highlighted, and processes of accountability‐building are presented as open‐ended. The chapter argues that it is possible to have both ‘too much’ accountability and also the ‘wrong sort’. Bicameralism and impeachment are selected for particular attention.

Keywords:   accountability, bicameralism, impeachment, institutional design

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