Quotation Willems, Jurgen. 2021. Accountability and transparency: Cornerstones of civil society governance. In: Research Handbook on Nonprofit Governance, Hrsg. Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Michael Meyer, Filip Wijkström, 46-70. United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.




Transparency and accountability are major governance responsibilities for civil society organizations (CSOs). This chapter starts with a literature-based overview of seven types of accountability that are relevant for the unique nature of CSOs and their relationships with various types of stakeholders. Subsequently, as CSO contexts can be very different from each other, transparency and accountability are discussed in relation to strategic governance approaches, classified as instrumental, normative, proactive, and reactive. The final section starts from ‘good’ governance design features for CSOs, and postulates insights on how these features relate to the accountability types as well as the strategic governance approaches from the first two sections. In this three-step clarification on the relatedness of governance with transparency and accountability for CSOs, the goal of this chapter is threefold: (1) clarify transparency and accountability for the specific CSO context, (2) provide an insight in various approaches to deal with the transparency and accountability responsibilities that CSOs have, and (3) clarify governance design features that relate to the CSO accountability types and strategic approaches.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Accountability and transparency: Cornerstones of civil society governance
Title of whole publication Research Handbook on Nonprofit Governance
Editor Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Michael Meyer, Filip Wijkström
Page from 46
Page to 70
Location United Kingdom
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-nonprofit-governance-9781788114905.html
ISBN 978 1 78811 490 5
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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