Date Added: Jul 2010
Accountability is considered to be one of the main characteristics of democratic countries, but its implications in practice are mixed. In accountability literature, much research has examined accountability issues in developed countries where societies as a whole are 'Relatively' accountable. However, accountability issues confronting developing countries can be quite different than those of developed countries because of their political, economic and social circumstances and their cultural features. The states in many developing countries, particularly in post-communist countries, often have poor governance and institutions, a lack of political will to be accountable to the public, and have social problems, such as corruption and nepotism, that restrain higher officials and public servants from performing with high morality.