Christopher D FosterThe author argues that there are two concepts of accountability: public activities accountable to Parliament through Ministers and economic activities performing well for those who use them. Ministers resign for personal faults, sexual or financial scandals and departmental errors. They do not resign because their department is performing poorly. The case is set out for accountability to focus firstly on managing expenditure. This would follow the example of the private sector which has achieved a businesslike concept of accountability.
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