How can public accountability more effectively influence key decisions and actions in public sector organizations?
This project seeks to answer this question by connecting two largely separated strands of research: public administration research on real world public sector organizations and experimental research on the effects of different forms of accountability on decision-making. The proposal focuses on a specific and widespread form of accountability: departmental accountability by public sector organizations. We argue that accountability needs to be calibrated to task requirements; different types of tasks can only thrive under calibrated conditions of accountability.
This research project signifies an innovation in the study of public sector accountability because of its cross-disciplinary approach. The prime focus is theoretical – we aim to understand the effects of public sector accountability on crucial decision-making – yet the implications can be profoundly practical and help policy-makers to improve accountability and public services.
The program features various sub projects:
- Cross-disciplinary literature reviews
- A broad comparative, international survey with international colleagues
- A more focused analysis of accountability and governance in some sectors; including culture and arts
- A qualitative-ethnographic PhD-project
- An experimental PhD-project
- A collaborative valorization project with important public sector organizations.
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