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Kettering Accountability Report - Dont Count Us Out (2011)

Kettering Accountability Report - Dont Count Us Out (2011)

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Published by John Kamensky
The Kettering Foundation found citizens have a very different concept of what constitutes accountability than does government officials and politicians. This dramatic gap contributes to current citizen mistrust of institutions even as government adds accountability mechanisms. Kettering also offers alternative approaches.
The Kettering Foundation found citizens have a very different concept of what constitutes accountability than does government officials and politicians. This dramatic gap contributes to current citizen mistrust of institutions even as government adds accountability mechanisms. Kettering also offers alternative approaches.

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Published by: John Kamensky on Jul 06, 2011
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A Report from Public Agenda and theKettering Foundation
HOW AN OVERRELIANCEON ACCOUNTABILITYCOULD UNDERMINE THEPUBLIC’S CONFIDENCEIN SCHOOLS, BUSINESS,GOVERNMENT, AND MORE
 
Public Agenda
, an innovative public-opinion research and public-engagementorganization, works to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough publicpolicy issues. Nonpartisan and nonproft, Public Agenda was ounded by socialscientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and ormer Secretary o State CyrusVance in 1975. More inormation may be ound on
 www.publicagenda.org
.
 Kettering Foundation
, established in 1927 by inventor Charles F. Kettering, isa nonproft, operating oundation that does not make grants but engages in jointresearch with others. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it taketo make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is conducted rom theperspective o citizens and ocuses on what people can do collectively to addressproblems aecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. More inor-mation may be ound on
www.kettering.org
.The interpretations and conclusions contained in this publication, unless expresslystated to the contrary, represent the views o the authors and not necessarily thoseo the Kettering Foundation or Public Agenda, their directors, or their ofcers.
Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank David Mathews and Daniel Yankelovich whoseinsights and extraordinary commitment to engaging typical citizens in solvingthe country’s problems were the impetus or this research. Dan, along with PublicAgenda ellow John Immerwahr, reviewed multiple drats o the work—their ideasand contributions are undamental elements o this report. We would also like tothank our Kettering colleagues, John Dedrick and David Holwerk, or their collabo-ration and support. At Public Agenda, Scott Bittle also helped us throughout theproject. We are enormously grateul to all o them.
Authors:Jean Johnson, Jonathan Rochkind, and Samantha DuPontEditor:Ilse TebbettsCopy Editor:Lisa Boone-Berry Formatting and Design:Long’s Graphic Design, Inc.
Copyright © 2011 by Kettering Foundation and Public AgendaISBN: 978-0-923993-38-2
 
FOREWORD:
ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEMOCRACY 3INTRODUCTION 6HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE STUDY 8
SECTIONI:
THE GAP AT A GLANCE 9
SECTIONII:
ACCOUNTABILITY—THE PUBLIC’S DEFINITION 16
SECTIONIII:
THREE SCENARIOS TO PROMPT DISCUSSION 27Closing Persistently Failing Schools: A Failure to Engage the Public 28The Subprime Mortgage Debacle: A Failure of Stewardship 31Recommendations for Mammograms: A Failure to Communicate 35METHODOLOGY 38ENDNOTES 39
APPENDIX:
LEADERS’ AND EXPERTS’VIEWS ON ACCOUNTABILITY 41
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