Public Accountability: Performance Measurement, the Extended State, and the Search for Trust

National Academy of Public Administration & The Kettering Foundation, June 2011

84 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2011

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Melvin Dubnick

University of New Hampshire

H. George Frederickson

University of Kansas

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

In an Academy partnership with the Kettering Foundation, National Academy of Pubic Administration Fellows Melvin J. Dubnick and H. George Frederickson have completed a study of accountability. The study, Public Accountability: Performance Measurement, The Extended State, and the Search for Trust, is a treatment of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary applications of accountability to public affairs. The working title of the study was Public Accountability: From Ambulance Chasing to Accident Prevention, but that title was thought to lack the dignity such an important subject deserves. Dubnick and Frederickson challenge the often assumed relationship between performance measurement and accountability. They give special attention to accountability challenges associated with the outsourcing of government work, what they call the Extended State. And, they provide examples of effective public accountability in the context of high trust public-private partnerships.

Keywords: accountability, governance

JEL Classification: H83, D73, D79, H11, H19

Suggested Citation

Dubnick, Melvin and Frederickson, H. George, Public Accountability: Performance Measurement, the Extended State, and the Search for Trust (June 1, 2011). National Academy of Public Administration & The Kettering Foundation, June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1875024

Melvin Dubnick (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire ( email )

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Durham, NH 03824
United States

HOME PAGE: http://mjdubnick.dubnick.net

H. George Frederickson

University of Kansas ( email )

1415
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

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