Recognizing a Comprehensive Pattern for Assessing the Accountability of the Government by Meta-synthesis Method

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Strategic Management, Faculty of Social Science, Baqir al-Olum University, Qom, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Public Administration in Farabi Campus, University of Tehran

3 Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management and Accounting, College of Farabi, University of Tehran, Qom, Iran


By raising public awareness, the expectation from governments has undergone many changes. In this regard, scientists have proposed different ways to reform the administrative system and make it effective, including the design and implementation of an efficient accountability system. Although in recent years, different theories have been presented on the different models and dimensions of accountability of government, but in these studies, a specific aspect has been presented to provide a government response model. Therefore, in this research, it has been attempted to provide a model for assessing the accountability of governments through a deep examination of various models and dimensions of accountability in past research, using the Meta-synthesis method and based on a descriptive-exploratory study with a developmental-applied approach. The statistical population of the study to evaluate the content validity of the model, consisted of government executives and experts working in the field of administrative sciences and public administration in the country. The statistical sample was selected by purposeful judgment with a snowball sampling approach of 15 people. The data collection tool was a deep library study and a basic expert questionnaire. In the end, based on a seven-step approach, a model for assessing the accountability of governments is presented which includes accountability goals, accountability audiences, accountability references, accountability tools, components, and accountability dimensions.


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