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Who is Governing What? Governing Local Technical Systems-an Issue of Accountability
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
2008 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, Vol. 34, no 3, 349-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses accountability in governance of local energy and IT systems. The aim is to focus on accountability of local policy making regarding technical systems by comparing consequences when new forms of governance are developed. Governance steering demands and ensures a clear division of responsibility regarding what a network is responsible for, but not regarding who is accountable for the decision making and implementation. On the other hand, in a steering context characterized by government, it is clear who is responsible and accountable for decisions, but the specific issues for which different actors can be accountable are unclear. We argue that demands for clarifications of accountability emerges from the complex modern governance.

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2008. Vol. 34, no 3, 349-362 p.
Keyword [en]
Governance, government; steering, energy, broadband, Sweden, municipalities, energy companies
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16684DOI: 10.1080/03003930802044544OAI: diva2:159935
This is an electronic version of an article published in: Elin Wihlborg and Jenny Palm, Who is Governing What? Governing Local Technical Systems-an Issue of Accountability, 2008, Local Government Studies, (34), 3, 349-362. Local Government Studies is available online at InformaworldTM: Copyright: Taylor & Francis Available from: 2009-02-12 Created: 2009-02-10 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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