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Ministers and ParliamentAccountability in Theory and Practice$
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Diana Woodhouse

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278924.001.0001

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Next Steps Agencies: The Problems of Accountability

Next Steps Agencies: The Problems of Accountability

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It is hoped that the Next Steps agencies will engineer an increase in efficiency of government in the delivery of services. However, there is confusion and uncertainty as to whether they will improve accountability, and even concern that accountability may be the causalty of the drive for efficient government. There are two aspects to the accountability of a department: internal accountability, which involves the arrangements for accounting between the minister and his officials, and external accountability, which is concerned with the accountability of the department of Parliament and the public. If reform is to be made, it needs a corresponding change in accountability so that full political acceptance may result. Ultimately, it would seem to require the establishment of a system of administrative law procedures to process individual grievances.

Keywords:   Next Steps agencies, accountability, ministers, Chief Eexecutive, select committees, ministerial interference

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