The Accountability after Crisis team is delighted to announce the launch of a new book by Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Nadia Hilliard in spring 2017.
Dr Hilliard’s book, The Accountability State: United States Federal Inspectors General and the Pursuit of Democratic Integrity, charts the recent resurgence of an early modern mechanism of accountability: the inspector general.
US Federal IGs are ‘monitory bodies’: auditors and investigators tasked with rotting out fraud, waste and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. But their effectiveness in bringing accountability to the executive branch is regularly questioned by scholars and pundits alike. She looks specifically at inspectors general in the U.S. Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security and asks why their effectiveness varies as much as it does.
She concludes that their work is only as powerful as their ability to craft a narrative that will enable other political actors (in Congress and in civil society) to initiate political processes of accountability. It will be published with the University Press of Kansas.