"Retrieving the Meaning of Accountability in Financial Market Regulation," with Justin P. O'Brien. Prepared for delivery at 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 3-6, 2009, Toronto. 



Building on Raymond Williams' approach to analyzing "keywords," we seek to further explore the pervasive yet ambiguous concept of accountability through an examination of its use in discourses surrounding the recent global financial market crisis. We pay particular attention to the term's use as both "cause of" and "cure for" the current crisis, and relate this to the various strategies of reform that emerge from the ongoing rhetoric and analyses. In the process we develop some frameworks for future extension of this analysis.