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Conflictual Accountability

Lise H. Rykkja, Kristin Rubecksen and Per Lægreid are co-authors on new article in Administration & Society.

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In connection with an international research project led by professor Thomas Schillemans in Utrecht, our own Lise H. Rykkja, Kristin Rubecksen and Per Lægreid have co-authored the article «Conflictual Accountability: Behavioral Responses to Conflictual Accountability of Agenciest» in Administration & Society.

In contemporary public governance, leaders of public organizations are faced with multiple, and oftentimes conflictual, accountability claims. Drawing upon a survey of CEO’s of agencies in seven countries, the article explore whether and how conflictual accountability regimes relate to strategic behaviors by agency-CEO’s and their political principals.

The presence of conflictual accountability is experienced as a major challenge and is associated with important behavioral responses by those CEO’s. The article demonstrates empirically how conflictual accountability is related to (a) controlling behaviors by principals, (b) constituency building behaviors by agencies, and (c) a general pattern of intensified contacts and information processing by both parties.

Read full article HERE.