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Author Steets, Julia, 1975-

Title Accountability in public policy partnerships / Julia Steets
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 264 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- The Concepts of Partnerships and Accountability -- Why Organizations ought to be Accountable -- Partnerships in Practice -- Concrete Partnership Accountability Standards -- Conclusion
Summary Public-private partnerships have become an important tool for delivering essential public goods, but critics fear that they erode public accountability. Making partnerships more accountable requires a clear understanding of what accountability means for partnerships and which mechanisms can be used to strengthen it. Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships develops a new model of accountability based on principal-agent theory. This model provides a firm normative foundation for accountability demands. At the same time, it shows which accountability standards apply to which kinds of partnerships. Norm-setting partnerships, for example, require strong mechanisms for participation, whereas implementation partnerships must focus on performance evaluation, competitive bidding and beneficiary feedback processes. The accountability model and standards developed in this book provide a guide for partnership practitioners who are developing the governance structures of their partnerships; they serve as benchmarks for evaluating partnerships; and they provide new inputs for the ongoing accountability debates in the public, the corporate and the civil society sectors. This ebook is participating in an experiment and is available Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) licence. Users are free to disseminate and reuse the ebook. The licence does not however permit commercial exploitation or the creation of derivative works without specific permission. To view a copy of this license visit For more information about the experiment visit our FAQs
Analysis Principal-agent theory
Public policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-261) and index
Notes English
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Subject Public-private sector cooperation.
Government accountability.
Public administration.
Public ownership -- nationalization.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Affairs & Administration.
Politics and Government.
Government accountability
Public-private sector cooperation
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010027560
ISBN 9780230290617