Accountability is a watch word of modern institutional design, but it is an evolving concept that is not yet fully realised. Most attention is focused on formal institutional accountability systems, systems which are often manipulated and which create a command and control style of leadership. In this talk I wish to discuss the “fuzzy edges” of accountability in terms of values debates and processes of justification. This allows for recognition of the connection between ends and means in ethics, and for the distribution of responsibility before and after key decisions. I will illustrate these points by reference to some recent and on-going work with industry partners in Australia.
Speaker: Dr Steven Curry, research fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University.