Public organisations have been subject to numerous contemporary changes, such as the increase in the number and diversity of actors, a reworking of traditional hierarchies in favour of a more networked approach to public service delivery, greater transparency, and so on. Furthermore, the State is increasingly forced to clearly separate the role of the regulator from that of the owner. Faced with these changes, organisations enjoying a certain level of autonomy in the conduct of their actions must develop rules of governance that are adapted to this new context. Notably, they must improve the manner in which they can be held accountable for their decisions and activities. This field of research studies the definition and application of these rules of governance in autonomous institutions under public law.
Thesis project: Raphaël Zumofen, How accountability affects organisational performance—the case of organisations responsible for active measures in the event of unemployment.