What Does it Mean to be "Accountable"?


Program Description:

Demands for "accountability" are everywhere. We want our government to be accountable, of course; but we also demand it of the people we do business with, those who teach our children, that driver in the next lane, the sports figures we follow, and just about everyone else in whom we place our trust. And it goes without saying that we are subject to the accountability demands of others. But what does it mean to be held to account? That is the question Professor Dubnick has been trying to answer for more than three decades through studies of a wider range of public service professionals -- from city managers and town administrators to NASA scientists and district court judges. The lessons he draws from those studies shed light of the various ways people in important positions of trust deal with increasing demands of accountability.


Melvin Dubnick

Melvin Dubnick is the author of numerous works on government accountability, administrative ethics, government regulation, and civic education as well as the co-author of textbooks on American government, public administration, and policy analysis. Elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010, he has served as managing editor of Public Administration Review (1990-1996), co-editor in chief of the Policy Studies Journal (1985-1990), and is currently co-editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. He has served as a Fulbright Fellow as well as an International Fellow at Queen's University in Belfast (2003-2005) and is professor emeritus at Rutgers University where he held a joint professorship in public administration and political science from 1992-2005. An active member of the American Society of Public Administration, he has served as its national conference chair (2002) and headed the ASPA Section on Ethics (2010-2012). He also served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association's Task Force on Civic Education. His work on accountability and ethics is frequently cited and his writing the field of public administration has received two major awards.

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