Accountability and Hybridity in Welfare Governance

17 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2020

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Avishai Benish

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare

Paola Mattei

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 1, 2020

Abstract

English Abstract: Hybridity has become a central characteristic of accountability in public governance. Contemporary service delivery is increasingly defined by the mixing and layering of public, market and social accountability regimes operating as overlapping “hybrid” accountability arrangements. Although hybrid accountability is not a new phenomenon, recent trends have accelerated the process of hybridisation, particularly in welfare state governance. In this symposium, we seek to advance our understanding of the under-theorised concept of hybrid accountability and empirically examine what is actually going on. In this introductory article, we put forward a definition of what hybridity means in public welfare governance and explore its origins and dynamics. We then present the papers of this symposium, showing how they go beyond fixed and static typologies to grasp the dynamics of interactions between actors, values and mechanisms under hybrid accountability. We conclude by reflecting on a future research agenda for studying hybrid accountability arrangements.

Keywords: hybrid accountability, regulatory welfare state, regulation, new public management

Suggested Citation

Benish, Avishai and Mattei, Paola, Accountability and Hybridity in Welfare Governance (January 1, 2020). Benish, A., & Mattei, P. Accountability and Hybridity in Welfare Governance. Public Administration, Forthcoming‏, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2928837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2928837

Avishai Benish (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare ( email )

Jerusalem
Israel

Paola Mattei

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