David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Calls for greater accountability from managers and corporations are regularly voiced these days, both in the academic literature and in public discussions more generally. Specifically, it is often suggested that extant financial and management accounting practices embody a rather restricted form of accountability that falls short of our mutual responsibilities as more than economic subjects. Against this backdrop, this paper raises the question of whether more accountability is always and unambiguously desirable from an ethical point of view. It does so by inquiring into the limits that the accountable self faces when giving an account. Building upon the recent work of Judith Butler, the paper describes the accountable self as an opaque, exposed, and mediated self that is inherently limited in its ability to give an account of itself. Because of these limits, we cannot expect demands for accountability always to be fully met. The paper points to the ethical importance of recognizing this limited nature of accountability and outlines possible ramifications of this fact for practice.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Miguel Rivera-Santos & Carlos Rufín (2010). Odd Couples: Understanding the Governance of Firm—NGO Alliances. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 94 (1):55 - 70.
Alpa Dhanani & Ciaran Connolly (2015). Non-Governmental Organizational Accountability: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk? Journal of Business Ethics 129 (3):613-637.
Rae André (2012). Assessing the Accountability of the Benefit Corporation: Will This New Gray Sector Organization Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 110 (1):133-150.
Rae André (2010). Assessing the Accountability of Government-Sponsored Enterprises and Quangos. Journal of Business Ethics 97 (2):271 - 289.
Mia Kaspersen & Thomas Riise Johansen (forthcoming). Changing Social and Environmental Reporting Systems. Journal of Business Ethics.
Similar books and articles
Patrick Lee Plaisance (2000). The Concept of Media Accountability Reconsidered. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 15 (4):257 – 268.
Leif Wenar (2006). Accountability in International Development Aid. Ethics and International Affairs 20 (1):1–23.
Mollie Painter-Morland (2006). Redefining Accountability as Relational Responsiveness. Journal of Business Ethics 66 (1):89 - 98.
Danielle Beu & M. Ronald Buckley (2001). The Hypothesized Relationship Between Accountability and Ethical Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics 34 (1):57 - 73.
Jens Steffek (2010). Public Accountability and the Public Sphere of International Governance. Ethics and International Affairs 24 (1):45-68.
Linda A. Galindo (2009). The 85% Solution: How Personal Accountability Guarantees Success: No Nonsense, No Excuses. Jossey-Bass.
Mollie Painter-Morland (2007). Defining Accountability in a Network Society. Business Ethics Quarterly 17 (3):515-534.
Annette Rid (2009). Justice and Procedure: How Does “Accountability for Reasonableness” Result in Fair Limit-Setting Decisions? Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (1):12-16.
Simon Zadek (1998). Balancing Performance, Ethics, and Accountability. Journal of Business Ethics 17 (13):1421-1442.
Added to index2009-07-05
Total downloads10 ( #324,603 of 1,793,059 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #463,661 of 1,793,059 )
How can I increase my downloads?