Published by Wiley-Blackwell, this collection of papers provides a comprehensive overview of the theories, practices and challenges concerning public accountability.
Guest co-editor of this special issue Dr. Hon S. Chan said, “Governments hold unique power and often, though not always, public trust, they ought to be held accountable for what they do, how they do it, and whatever consequences they create. It is through dynamic, contextual and empirical analyses of public accountability do we acquire accurate understanding of the multiple dimensions of accountability.”
With China entering the phase of steadfast growth in recent years, many questions are now raised about the relevance and usefulness of the existing models of accountability.
This compilation of articles provides extensive coverage over the multi-faceted issues surrounding accountability in transitional societies. The authors use case studies and empirical research to examine the various ways that accountability is practiced, how it is developing and how it can be improved in non-liberal political regimes.
Articles featured in this special issue include:
• Hon S. Chan and Tsai-Tsu Su, “Accountability and Public Governance in China”
• Ting Gong, “Audit for Accountability in China: An Incomplete Mission”
• Chor-yung Cheung, “Public Service Neutrality in Hong Kong: Problems and Prospects”
• Chen-Dong Tso, “Regulatory Competition and Accountability: Comparing Universal Service in Telecommunications in Australia and Taiwan”
• S. Philip Hsu, “In Search of Public Accountability: The 'Wenling Model' in China”
• Hon S. Chan and Jie Gao, “Putting the Cart before the Horse: Accountability or Performance?”
• Jun Ma, “The Dilemma of Developing Financial Accountability without Election – A Study of China’s Recent Budget Reforms”
• Jermain T.M. Lam, “Political Accountability in Hong Kong: Myth or Reality?”
• Jay N. Shih, “Public Accountability is always an Unresolved Puzzle for Public Servants”
• Pan Suk Kim, “Enhancing Public Accountability for Developing Countries: Major Constraints and Strategies”
The March 2009 issue of Australian Journal of Public Administration (Vol. 68, Issue 1) Media wishing to receive more information should contact Alina Boey, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications at aboey[.]wiley.com or call.
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