Public Sector Organizations

Ombudsman as a Global Institution

Transnational Governance and Accountability

Authors: Erkkilä, Tero

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  • Examines the ombudsman as a global institution that has spread all over the world and whose institutional development is increasingly being governed transnationally
  • Argues that the ombudsman is a peculiar institution of public accountability – both an institution and individual – that observes changes in the general political climate but also engages in a constant renegotiation of its intra-institutional position, potentially involving conflicts over its institutional mandate
  • Further argues that the global models associated with the ombudsman are a source of organizational ideas, legitimacy, and sense of orientation, but they treat institutional actors differently, working also as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion
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This book explores the ombudsman as a global institution. It has spread all over the world and its institutional development is increasingly being governed transnationally. Initially an institution of administrative law, the ombudsman has become a human rights institution and institution of good governance. These ideational shifts have influenced the global diffusion of the ombudsman but also the way in which this institution of accountability functions. The ombudsman is a peculiar institution of public accountability - both an institution and individual - that observes changes in the general political climate and engages in renegotiations of its intra-institutional position. The global models associated with the ombudsman are a source of organizational ideas, legitimacy, and sense of orientation, but they treat institutional actors differently, working also as mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion. The book tracks the global diffusion and institutional evolution of the ombudsman. Its chapters on institutional cases further explore the joint institutional history of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Chancellor of Justice in Finland, and the European Ombudsman.

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Tero Erkkilä is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His previous books include Government Transparency, Global University Rankings, Public Administration (with B. Guy Peters and Patrick von Maravic) and Global Knowledge Governance (with Ossi Piironen).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ombudsman as a Global Institution
Book Subtitle
Transnational Governance and Accountability
Authors
Series Title
Public Sector Organizations
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32675-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32675-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32674-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 231
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations
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