Citizen participation in public accountability

Bodil Damgaard, Jenny Lewis

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In this chapter we offer an analytical framework sensitive to the quality of citizen participation, which is measured in terms of transferred power from the governors to the citizens, and in terms of the degree to which citizens have access to accountability measures. We do this by combining Arnstein’s (1969) classic ladder of participation with a focus on citizen participation in regard to bureaucratic accountability, centered on efficiency and learning (cf. Bovens et al. 2008).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Public Accountability
EditorsRobert E. Goodin, Mark Bovens, Thomas Schillemans
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-964125-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesOxford handbooks in politics & international relations


  • Accountability
  • Citizen participation

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