Accountable Democracy: Citizens as the 4th Power of Government

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Inadequate political accountability is at the root of current symptoms of democratic discontent in established democracies. For structural reasons, the recent proliferations of vertical participatory initiatives and horizontal accountability agencies have not effectively addressed the accountability gap. This book introduces a novel structure, here called accountable democracy, for enforcing adequate political accountability. Unlike conventional approaches for democratic improvement, accountable democracy embraces representation through elections. Its fundamental premise is that citizens constitute a fourth power of government. This power is realized through a new institution, the accountancy, which represents the political accountability interests of citizens in the state. The accountancy integrates citizen-driven processes for ex ante, prospective, and retrospective accountabilities. They include accountability juries, societal wellbeing indicators, citizens questioning forums, and... More > ex ante regulation.< Less
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September 29, 2011
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