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SCHOMMER, Paula Chies et al. Accountability and co-production of information and control: social observatories and their relationship with government agencies. Rev. Adm. Pública [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.6, pp.1375-1400. ISSN 0034-7612.

Through the development of a proposal to categorize accountability into four stages - classical, cross-sectional, systemic, and diffused -, this article aims to identify characteristics of co-production of information and socio-political control of public administration in the work of Brazilian social observatories in relationship with government control agencies. The study analyses data from 20 social observatories and, particularly, three experiences of co-production of information and control, based on a systemic perspective on accountability and a model with four categories: Political and cultural; valuing; systemic-organizational, and production. The conclusions summarize characteristics of these practices, specific phases in the accountability processes, as well as the potentialities and challenges of co-production of information and control, which not only influences, but it is also influenced by the accountability system.

Keywords : accountability; co-production; control; information; social observatories.

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