Parliamentary Accountability

A Study of Parliament and Executive Agencies

  • Philip¬†Giddings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Context of the Initiative

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gavin Drewry, Philip Giddings
      Pages 3-17
    3. Barry Winetrobe
      Pages 33-51
  3. The Process of Scrutiny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Priscilla Baines
      Pages 95-117
    3. Philip Giddings
      Pages 139-152
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. George Jones, June Burnham, Robert Elgie
      Pages 155-190
  5. Review and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Philip Giddings
      Pages 221-241
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-260

About this book


Written by members of the Study of Parliament Group, this book assesses Parliament's response to the reorganisation of much of the civil service into 'executive agencies'. Chief executives have been given freedom to take operational decisions. Yet Ministers insist that they themselves remain constitutionally responsible for the work of the agencies. After reviewing Parliament's mechanisms and considering several case-studies, the authors conclude that Parliament has yet to exploit fully the opportunities for greater accountability which the new arrangements provide.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Philip¬†Giddings
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ReadingUK

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