A puzzle that faces public administrators within regulatory networks is how to balance the need for public or democratic accountability with increasing demands from interest groups and elected officials to utilize the expertise of the private sector in developing process-oriented programs that ensure compliance. This article builds upon the network governance accountability framework developed by Koliba, Mills, and Zia to explore the dominant accountability frames and the accountability trade-offs that shape the process-oriented regulatory regime used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to oversee and regulate air carriers in the United States.
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Mills RW, Koliba CJ, Reiss DR. Ensuring compliance from 35,000 feet: Accountability and trade-offs in aviation safety regulatory networks. Administration & Society. 2018 Nov;50(10):1478-507.