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The Accountability Cycle in Public Agencies: Lessons from Italian Experiences


  • Alessandro Giosi

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata")

  • Silvia Testarmata

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata")

  • Sandro Brunelli

    () (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata")


The diffusion of Public Agencies seems to characterise the approach to public management in European countries. Under New Public Management, the role of politics is to provide strategic planning and economic policy target defini-tion, whereas the administration is responsible for the management of public services. Moreover, the separation between politics and administration is strengthened by downsizing and decentralizing the public central administra-tion. The current paper argues that this split necessitates careful attention to the adoption of models of accountability that respond to both citizen and political information needs. Thus, with respect to public agencies, this paper models accountability levels, defines an accountability cycle showing the relations between politics, administration, and citizens, and applies this model to the Italian case.

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  • Alessandro Giosi & Silvia Testarmata & Sandro Brunelli, 2010. "The Accountability Cycle in Public Agencies: Lessons from Italian Experiences," DSI Essays Series, DSI - Dipartimento di Studi sull'Impresa, vol. 12.
  • Handle: RePEc:tov:dsiess:v:12:y:2010

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    Accountability; Public Agency; Planning and Management System; Perform-ance Evaluation;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • H83 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Public Administration
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship


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