What Makes Public Accounts Committees Work? A Comparative Analysis

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Title What Makes Public Accounts Committees Work? A Comparative Analysis
Author Pelizzo, Riccardo; Stapenhurst, Rick; Sahgal, Vinod; Woodley, William
Journal Name Politics & Policy
Editor Emma Norman
Year Published 2006
Place of publication USA
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract This article investigates whether and under what conditions Public Accounts Committees (PACs) are able to scrutinize government accounts. In doing so, we analyze survey data from 51 Commonwealth countries collected by the World Bank Institute in 2002. We find that the relationship between the formal powers of the PACs and their successful performance is conditional. Specifically, we argue that the success of PACs depend on the behavior of committee members, on the availability of independent sources of information, and on the media's interest in scrutinizing government accounts.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118577756/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 The Policy Studies Organization. Published by Wiley-Blackwell. Self-archiving of manuscripts in institutional repositories is not yet supported by The Policy Studies Organization. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 34
Issue Number 4
Page from 774
Page to 793
ISSN 0730-2177
Date Accessioned 2007-05-10
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Policy and Administration
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28444
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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