Accountability covers a broad range of government actions intended to keep the voters informed of how the government is performing. Everyone wants accountability, but commonly only notice its absence when a scandal erupts. Invariably, scandals are accompanied by a claim that the public ought to have been told about the issue regardless of the consequences. Such a demand is unreasonable as not all information can or should be released. These irrational demands are made because the term 'accountability' is vague. Who should be accountable, when and what for?
Mark Lauchs attempts to answer these questions by outlining some boundaries for the release of information. He also suggests some mechanisms which could ensure accountability occurs: the accountability of accountability.