Political Accountability Law and Legal Definition

Political accountability refers to the responsibility or obliga¬tion of government officials to act in the best interests of society or face consequences. Public officials should be held responsible for their actions. Legal accountability concerns the mechanisms by which public officials can be held liable for actions that go against established rules and principles.

The following is an example of a case law on political accountability:

Communications between Congress and agencies help to guarantee the political accountability of unelected agency decision makers. [Sokaogon Chippewa Community v. Babbitt, 929 F. Supp. 1165, 1175 (D. Wis. 1996)].