- Tony Wright
‘Accounting: parliament and politicians’ looks at the ways in which ministers are held accountable through parliament, the media and select committees, and not least by the electorate. Parliament has a constitutional responsibility to hold governments to account on a continuous basis. However, it can be argued that this leads to a ritualized kind of accountability, with synthetic debates and large numbers of watchdogs and amendments but no shared commitment to improving legislation. As power passes to new places and new bodies, government must now explain its diminished role, and much of what determines the lives of citizens now seems beyond the control of democratic politics.