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Public Accountability

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According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, public accountability occurs when ”rules, regulations, and mechanisms in place call upon government actors to justify their actions, act upon criticisms or requirements made of them, and accept responsibility for failure to perform with respect to laws or commitments.” Public accountability is one of the three OGP values, along with transparency and citizen participation. Examples of relevant activities include citizen audits of performance; new or improved citizen-initiated appeals processes; and improved access to justice through cheaper, faster, or easier-to-use justice mechanisms. Importantly, public accountability implies that members of the public can access and trigger accountability mechanisms, meaning they are not solely internal.

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