Abuse of Power: Assessing Accountability in World Politics (More Than Might? DEFINING Power) (Column)
Harvard International Review 2005, Summer, 27, 2
Harvard International Review
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We read all the time that some person or organization in power should be "held accountable." Such demands are made on the UN Secretary-General, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Board of Directors of Enron, the President of the United States, and sometimes even non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace. But what does this mean in world politics, where democratic accountability through elections is lacking and legal means of checking power wielders are fragmented and often ineffective? Can abuses of power in world politics be controlled through processes of accountability, or is "accountability talk" just hot air? My argument is that although accountability-based criticisms in world politics are often misplaced, accountability is a meaningful concept. Properly applied, it can be a useful tool to limit abuses of power. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
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- Category: Business & Personal Finance
- Published: 22 June 2005
- Publisher: Harvard International Relations Council, Inc.
- Print Length: 13 Pages
- Language: English