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S.R. Maheshwari

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195683769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195683769.001.0001

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Making the Civil Service Accountable

Making the Civil Service Accountable

(p.242) CHAPTER 18 Making the Civil Service Accountable
Public Administration in India

S.R. Maheshwari

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the accountability of the civil service sector in India. Accountability in India has two facets that are separate but interrelated. The first is political which is founded on its parliamentary system of government of the Westminster model and the second is primarily administrative where the political executive holds the civil servants accountable for how they carry out their responsibilities. This chapter also discusses the issues of collective responsibility, ministerial responsibility, and parliamentary control.

Keywords:   accountability, Westminster model, civil service, India, collective responsibility, ministerial responsibility, parliamentary control

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