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Mapping accountability changes in labour market administrations from concentrated to shared accountability?

  • The article explores how recent changes in the governance of employment services in three European countries (Denmark, Germany and Norway) have influenced accountability relationships. The overall assumption in the growing literature about accountability is that the number of actors involved in accountability arrangements is rising, that accountability relationships are becoming more numerous and complex, and that these changes may lead to contradictory accountability relationships, and finally to multi accountability disorder'. The article tries to explore these assumptions by analysing the different actors involved and the information requested in the new governance arrangements in all three countries. It concludes that the considerable changes in organizational arrangements and more managerial information demanded and provided have led to more shared forms of accountability. Nevertheless, a clear development towards less political or administrative accountability could not be observed.

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Author:Bastian JantzGND, Werner JannORCiDGND
ISSN:0020-8523 (print)
Parent Title (English):International review of administrative sciences : an international journal of comparative public administration
Publisher:Sage Publ.
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Denmark; Germany; Norway; accountability; labour market administration; public employment service; welfare state reform
First Page:227
Last Page:248
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Sozialwissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert