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Accountability of immigration administration

  • Accountability can be conceptualized as institutionalized mechanisms obliging actors to explain their conduct to different forums, which can pose questions and impose sanctions. This article analyses different crises' in immigration policies in Norway, Denmark and Germany along a descriptive framework of five different accountability types: political, administrative, legal, professional and social accountability. The exchanges of information, debate and their consequences between an actor and a forum are crucial to understanding how political-administrative action is carried out in critical situations. First, accountability dynamics emphasize conventional norms and values regarding policy change and, second, formal political responsibility does not necessarily lead to political consequences such as minister resignations in cases of misbehaviour. Consequences strongly depend on how accountability dynamics take place.

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Author:Johannes Reichersdorfer, Tom Christensen, Karsten Vrangbæk
Subtitle (English):comparing crises in Norway, Denmark and Germany
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Reihe (83)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2017/12/14
Year of Completion:2017
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2017/12/14
Tag:accountability dynamics; accountability mechanism; administration; asylum; civil service; immigration; minister responsibility; public administration
Source:International review of administrative sciences 79 (2013) Nr. 2 , DOI:10.1177/0020852313478251
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Sozialwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht