Book abstract: Over the past two decades public accountability has become not only an icon in political, managerial, and administrative discourse but also the object of much scholarly analysis across a broad range of social and administrative sciences. This handbook provides a state of the art overview of recent scholarship on public accountability. It collects, consolidates, and integrates an upsurge of inquiry currently scattered across many disciplines and subdisciplines. It provides a one-stop-shop on the subject, not only for academics who study accountability, but also for practitioners who are designing, adjusting, or struggling with mechanisms for accountable governance.
Mansbridge, Jane. "A Contingency Theory of Accountability." The Oxford Handbook Public Accountability. Ed. Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin, and Thomas Schillemans. Oxford University Press, 2014.