As a function of the respect due to each other out of our dignity as human beings, every institution, both public and private, is accountable to the people in the same way that we are all accountable to each other. That said certain institutions and activities by their very nature heighten the need for full disclosure and demonstrated due care and diligence.
Where government acts with the lent authority of the people, and by the consent of the governed, in so much as it is possible, the people have a right to know in great detail those activities undertaken by their authority and in their name.
Where public markets are created for goods and services under a regulatory regime that exists solely to ensure the rights and privileges of citizens are not defrauded or infringed by unscrupulous practices, the public has a right to a transparent visibility into the fair and equal treatment of businesses and employees under the law.
Where private concerns intersect with public interest and where private enterprise engages in public works, in the interest of the common good, in so much as it may be affected, the public has certain rights to a clear expectation of full disclosure and in some cases, full participation in decision making, i.e. their consent.
This center of study and practice, Public Accountability, gives focus to the public interest and accountability to the citizens of a given locality with a basis in law and human rights and is particularly concerned with identifying and articulating those relationships and the rights and responsibilities born out of them to involved parties. Emphasis is given where there is a perceived disparity between the appropriate relationship as defined, and the actual relationship as found.
Government intuitions, public utilities, heavily regulated industries, monopolistic and patent protected enterprises, the exercise of eminent domain, businesses operating on government property, government contractors, government employee unions, the transfer of government property to include physical and intellectual property rights, the extensive use of rights of way, the use of radio spectrum, the use of air rights, orbital transit, the use of public roads, bridges, and tunnels, in kind contributions of public property, and any other conceivable transaction or right of participation or first refusal that may accrue to the citizen, or to the enterprise as an entity comprised of a group of citizens to the extent that is true. These are the areas of interest to the Public Accountability center of study and practice.