Accountability is regarded as a structural component of both public and private governance. It can be generally defined as the ability of decision makers to provide good reasons and justifications with regard to the decisions they have made in respect of the subjects that are impacted by their decisions. In the more theoretical reconstructions, accountability has two main components, respectively related to justifiability and answerability
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElgar Encyclopedia of Law and data science
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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