6.8.5 Ensuring that Politicians Behave Responsibly

As described in the following sub-sections, politicians would be more likely to perform ‘well’ if they knew that their actions were transparent ( and that they could be held to account for unsatisfactory performance (  In practice, though, it is difficult to determine what is meant by performing ‘well’ – since people vary in what they expect from politicians and it is hard to measure satisfaction (  It is also difficult to assign responsibility or blame to individual politicians or political parties, because some factors are beyond their control (



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