Läste precis i DN att vår försvarsminister Mikael Odenberg kommer att avgå. Jag tycker han visar prov på det som kallas accountability ”ansvarskompetens” i politiska sammanhang.
Det är hedrande att att han inte väljer att sitta kvar om han känner att det är oförenligt med den inriktning försvarsmakten har idag och kommer att styras mot i framtiden. Och jag kommer att följa det här med stor intresse.
The case in which the Congress, or the legislature, holds other civil servant accountable is part of political accountability. Mechanisms of political accountability are vested in constitution, either written or unwritten, or statute and implemented in three dimensions: election, legislature and ministerial.
Election is the most direct way for accountability, and is a way for enforcement. An election gives a chance for the proposed cabinet and proposed legislators to run for campaigns and attend forums so as to explain and inform their purposes and goals if they are elected. On the other hand, it is also a sanction for those who misbehaved or failed to act as a representative for one’s field in the past tenure – by giving the vote to someone else.
Constitution or equivalents also empowers legislature to hold civil servants accountable. Firstly, legislature may invite public servants for inquiry sessions to explain explicitly planning or policies made, or to unfold any misappropriates.
Further, legislature can organize an investigation committee for particular issue by inviting outsiders as committees. Abovementioned are mechanisms aiming to compel civil servants in to dialogue and hence, gives answerability. It can introduce motions for impeachment and no-confidence in case for misbehavior or misconduct.
Ministers, as conceived as the top of the hierarchy of the ministry, are supposed to hold accountable for every affairs in the ministry; as all civil servant within are merely cogs and wigs and operate in the light of the ministers’ vision. However, ministerial accountability is vague in parliamentary system. The parliamentary have to constitute the cabinet to executive the government, yet, holding the executives accountable as abovementioned.