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The Analytic Utility (and Practical Pitfalls) of Accountability

Hoffmann, Matthew. 2016. The Analytic Utility (and Practical Pitfalls) of Accountability. Global Environmental Politics, 16 (2): 22-32.

Abstract

This forum provides commentary on five accountability articles in this issue. In response to those pieces, it advances the argument that the study of accountability through the framework proposed by Kramarz and Park (and demonstrated by the empirical articles) can uncover key political dynamics that drive the design of global environmental governance initiatives. The utility of the practical application of accountability measures to ensure good design, rather than proper implementation, is less clear. Using the framework to study accountability does, however, provide an opening for debates over initiative design that may lead to improvements in global environmental governance outcomes.

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