Accountability in Voluntary Partnerships: To Whom and for What?

Public Organization Review, Online First, November 2011

Posted: 30 Jan 2012

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Muhittin Acar

Hacettepe University

Chao Guo

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: November 15, 2011

Abstract

This paper contributes to the understanding of accountability in collaborative governance by presenting views of practitioners from partnerships formed between K-12 public schools and private and nonprofit organizations in the United States. It focuses on two questions: what do partnership practitioners see the partnerships as being accountable for? And to whom do they see the partnerships as being accountable?

The findings suggest that partnership participants reveal more of client-based and results-oriented views of accountability. They are more directly concerned about professional accountability and accountability to the partners. A concentric-circles model is then developed to illustrate the accountability relationships in partnerships.

Keywords: Accountability, Public–Private Partnerships, Practitioners, Collaborative Governance, Contemporary Public Management

Suggested Citation

Acar, Muhittin and Guo, Chao and Yang, Kaifeng, Accountability in Voluntary Partnerships: To Whom and for What? (November 15, 2011). Public Organization Review, Online First, November 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1992677

Muhittin Acar (Contact Author)

Hacettepe University ( email )

Ankara
Turkey

Chao Guo

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
United States

Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

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