Evaluating the democratic accountability of governance networks: Analysing two Nordic Megaprojects

Nils Aarsæther, Hilde Bjørnå, Trine Fotel, Eva Sørensen

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There is currently a need to analyse and measure the democratic accountability of governance networks. This kind of analysis and measurement calls for the development of an interactive conceptualisation of democratic accountability that makes it possible to measure the level of democratic accountability of concrete governance networks with reference to the extent to which they interact with (1) relevant politicians appointed through the institutions of representative democracy, (2) the relevant and affected stakeholders, and (3) the wider citizenry. A case study of two governance networks involved in two Nordic megaprojects illustrates how this measurement device can be brought into use and what the insights are that can be gained from it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLocal Government Studies
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)577 - 594
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Network governance
  • evaluation criteria
  • accountability
  • megaprojects

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