Governance and Accountability

Governance and AccountabilityPrepare a fully referenced essay on ONE of the topics below.Essay length 2000 words (does not include footnotes/endnotes and bibliography).Submission requirements: All assignments are to be lodged online via ourCloudDeakin site. Marked assignments will also be returned online.Late submission: Assignments are to be submitted by the due date unless anextension is granted. Extensions may be granted under special circumstances and areto be sought via email from Dr Peter Haeusler. Unless there are special reasons anyextension is to be obtained before the due date. Details of penalties for late submissioncan be found under ?Late submission of assignments? in your Unit Guide.Plagiarism and collusion: Please ensure that you read the relevant section in yourUnit Guide. Also see the Guide to assignment writing and referencing which is locatedin the Assessment folder on our home page.Referencing and citation: Ensure that you attach a complete list of all works ormaterial that you have drawn upon in preparing your assignment. This includes worksdirectly cited, as well as for instance material used for ?background? purposes but notactually cited in the body of the assignment. It is preferred that you use the Harvard(in-text) citation system. You are, as a matter of course, expected to make everyeffort to include relevant page(s) in all your citations, that is, even when not directlyquoting.Assessment criteria: These are detailed below following the essay topics. Ensure thatyou take them into account in preparing your essay.TopicsThese topics relate mainly to the material in Topics 1-3 of the Study Guide, althoughsome are more wide-ranging. We have endeavored to frame some of the topics atleast in such a way as to allow latitude so that you can follow your particular lines ofinterest or experience. However, it is advisable to check the appropriateness of whatyou propose with your tutor, Dr Rod Wise, before going too far!Please note that ALL TOPICS call for you to explore relevant ideas or principles ANDuse examples or evidence in developing and supporting your arguments.1. What is the meaning of ?accountability? and how does it differ from relatedterms such as ?responsibility?, ?control?, and ?responsiveness?? In addressingthis topic you need to explore the differing views concerning these terms andtheir inter-relationship. It may be useful to draw upon the practices in aparticular country to illustrate your points.2. ?Given that Australian politics de facto vests overwhelming authority in its PrimeMinister (or State Premiers), greater accountability would be achieved if weabandoned the Westminster fiction of parliamentary control over the executiveand adopted the checks and balances of a presidential system?. Discuss (check for the help you need)2critically.3. Examine critically the proposition that the Senate represents an effectiveaccountability mechanism in Australia today. Use evidence to support yourargument(s). You may even want to examine a particular case or episode herein order to allow more depth in your analysis.4. ?Accountability problems in Australia today stem to a significant extent from aninherent incompatibility between parliamentary systems of responsiblegovernment and the federal division of powers?. Discuss (check for the help you need) critically.5. ?Accountability is incomplete without effective measures to ensure thatinstitutions or officials are not only called to account, but are held to account?.Discuss (check for the help you need) critically.6. ?Institutional accountability is best achieved through dispersed power anddelegated responsibilities rather than through centralised control?. Discuss (check for the help you need)critically.7. Assess critically the role and efficacy of ?ministerial responsibility? when it comesto securing government accountability in Australia today.

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