Liability and Compensation for Damages in case of Violation of the Principles of Accountability and Good Governance

  • Tina Sever University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Administration
Keywords: accountability, administrative procedure, compensation, public official, Slovenia, good administration

Abstract

Accountability is one of the fundamental principles of good governance, defined in various international documents. It is a broad term, which can include different levels of public administration performance, from organisation, relevant regulation, internal and external supervision, transparency to tort liability, etc. The paper focuses on procedural aspects, i.e. decision-making in administrative matters. The latter is usually regulated by an administrative procedure act, which can include among fundamental principles also the principle of accountability. However, other procedural guarantees, e.g. lawfulness, equality, impartiality, proportionality, legal certainty, taking action within a reasonable time, contribute to responsible decision-making as well. In case they are infringed, the state should recognise accountability and have in place an efficient control system providing parties with effective (legal) remedies (e.g. possibility to appeal to the line ministry; administrative inspection; judicial control; constitutional complaint, compensation, etc.). Yet, not every non-compliance (irregularity) leads to (tort) liability. Administrative authorities in fact enjoy a high level of independence. The paper provides an international overview of accountability and analyses the liability of the state as deriving from the Slovene domestic law and the levels of accountability when the efficiency of administrative procedures is under question. The methods used include normative analysis and analysis of the relevant case law.
Published
2018-01-05
How to Cite
Sever, T. (2018). Liability and Compensation for Damages in case of Violation of the Principles of Accountability and Good Governance. Central European Public Administration Review, 15(3-4), 59-74. https://doi.org/10.17573/ipar.2017.3-4.03
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