Positioning Accountability in European Governance: An Introduction
Title: Positioning Accountability in European Governance: An Introduction
Citation: West European Politics, 2010, 33, 5, 929 - 945
The special issue of which this paper forms the introduction takes as its central focus one particular aspect of democratic governance: accountability. It attempts to position a broad understanding of the notion of accountability within the overall context of the evolving political system of governance in Europe and in particular of the European Union. With accountability at the centre, we consider its relationship to a fairly wide range of other themes in any given political system. This introduction first looks to the concept of accountability as it stands alongside and within other major themes of contemporary political systems. The issue of accountability beyond the national democratic state is then considered, and in particular within what Sbragia has termed the 'ecology' of governance. The introduction concludes with summaries of the papers included in the special issue.
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