Accountability, rationality and new structures of governance: making room for political rationality

This article argues that the new institutional arrangements and results or performance based accountability run the risk of overlooking several political realities and considerations. The new arrangements and processes represent a preference for ecc rationality over bureaucratic rationality. They give little consideration to political rationality, which is concerned with collective values and power relationships. In managerial terms, it is not clear that the new arrangements will be any more durable than their numerous predecessors.