Supply of Accountability and the Accountability Turn

  • Gergana DimovaEmail author
Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)


This chapter introduces the notion of the accountability turn. The accountability turn signifies the growing importance and change of the supply of accountability forums, such as courts, the prosecutor, international bodies and arm’s-length organisations. The accountability turn promotes the idea that we need to think more intensely about how costly and how specialised different forums are. That is so because various forums entail different financial, reputational and other costs. Furthermore, different forums resolve the trade-off between democratic legitimacy versus specialised knowledge differently. The accountability turn has been spurred by the implosion of the electoral paradigm and the explosion of the accountability revolution. The accountability turn challenges existing concepts of the representative, participatory, deliberative, aesthetic and other turns.


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  1. 1.Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and PoliticsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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