Select Committee on Public Administration Memoranda


MEMORANDUM 43

Diagram 2: The circuit of accountable government[65]



  If diagram 2 represents the paragon, diagram 3 attempts to display the practice by refining the circuit with indications of effectiveness.[66]The unbroken lines indicate accountability relationships which, whilst not unproblematic, are argued to be reasonably robust. The broken lines reflect relationships which, despite their strengths, possess inherent limitations. The question marks signify the contentious nature of some of these classifications, but it is argued that such categorisations facilitate debate and analysis. For example, the inability of the House of Lords to act as a significant check on the core executive is due to both its limited powers of oversight and revision and also its lack of democratic legitimacy.




65   Adapted from Lovell, A (1996) "Notions of Accountability and State Audit: A UK Perspective" Financial Accountability and Management Vol. 12 No. 4 pp. 261-280. Back

66   Diagrams 2 and 3 are adapted from Lovell A (1996) Notions of accountability and State Audit, Financial Accountability and Management Vol. 12 No. 4 pp. 261-280. Back


 
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