THE UNACCOUNTABLE PUBLIC OFFICIAL: The decision-making power of nonelected government administrators poses a problem for democratic theory. The democratic mandate for elected officials comes from the fact that they can be booted from office at the next election.Theoretically, government administrators are accountable to elected officials, so this provides some indirect accountability back to the people. In reality, however, government is now so large and complex (and civil service provides so much job security) that government administrators make innumerable decisions daily, with only the most controversial ever known to elected officials.