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Author Kempf, Robin J., author.

Title The power of accountability offices of Inspector General at the state and local levels / Robin J. Kempf
Published Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in government and public policy
Studies in government and public policy.
Contents The Idea of an Office of Inspector General -- Phase I: Conceptualization -- Phase II: Design -- Phase III: Implementation -- Are OIGs Empty Symbols or Engines of Accountability? -- State Rankings on Two Indicators of Corruption -- State Rankings on Two Indicators of Size of Government -- State Rankings on Two Measures of Political Culture or Partisanship -- Diagnostics for the Event History Analysis and Cox -- Proportional Hazards Model
Summary "Offices of Inspectors General (or OIGs), bureaucratic units dedicated to government accountability, are a relatively new phenomenon. Virtually none existed before 1976, but now two-thirds of the states and many localities have them. OIGs spread quickly with the passage in 1978 of the Inspector General Act. Today there are 73 offices in the federal government, which have received all of the scholarly attention. In addition, however, there are over 150 state and local OIGs, and 31 states have at least one office. These understudied OIGs were established originally on the model of the federal offices, but they have developed in distinct ways, often deviating from the norm because of different views about the powers such offices should hold. The Power of Accountability is the first study to shed light on these local OIGs. Using both quantitative and qualitative data, including theories of neo-institutionalism and policy diffusion, Robin Kempf-herself a former Inspector General of the Kansas Health Policy Authority-helps us understand why OIGs are spreading so rapidly, why they vary so substantially in their design, and what the implications of this variation are for state and local OIGs as a mechanism of accountability"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Government accountability -- United States
Government investigators -- United States
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0700628983