Corporate Mechanisms and the Presumption of Accountability

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This paper seeks to draw out this focus on form in British public administration reform by focusing on the role that the idea of the corporate form has played in reform. Drawing on the codification of Foundation Trusts in the English NHS, I argue that, while accountability ought to be considered as a 'social space' in which conduct conducive to particular interests emerges, reformers tend to regard accountability as a function of appropriate procedures and forms. The turn to the corporate form relies on a hope that it will deliver various 'accountability' benefits will emerge. This hope, I argue, is misplaced
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2013
EventConference of the European Group of Public Administration - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sept 201314 Sept 2013


ConferenceConference of the European Group of Public Administration
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Accountability
  • NHS
  • Reform
  • Corporate Governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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