The Centre has recently completed and published the following project:

Making Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Office (Edit by Zahirul Hoque)

Publisher: Routledge, London and New York (2015), ISBN: 978-1-138-78358-4 (hbk): 978-1-315-7686-8 (cbk)

About the book

An important aspect of government accountability and governance process is the establishment and effective functioning of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The PAC is a part of the parliamentary infrastructure of a democratic government that helps to ensure that governments account for their operating policies and actions, and their management and use of public resources. Over the recent decade, the public sector of most countries has undergone substantial reforms centred on the emergence of New Public Management (NPM) ideals, improvement of accountability and governance, efficiency, and effectiveness. Our understanding of how the PACs on government entities function to strengthen public accountability, financial scrutiny and good governance worldwide is limited. The idea of this book is to establish a dialogue – a bridge of ideas – between public sector accounting and development studies academics, researchers, parliamentarians, parliamentary oversight bodies and public sector practitioners and consultants.

This research monograph focuses on both conventional and contemporary issues facing PACs around the world and the role of national audit offices therein. The overall aim is to provide an international overview, comparison and commentary on the role of public accounts committees and national audit offices in public accountability.

This book incorporates PAC practices in both developed and developing democratic nations in a single volume investigating how various internal and external institutional agents may shape the development and working of a PAC. In addressing the above issues the book provides not only a comparative set of insights but allows the development of themes that are now emergent.

The chapters in this volume will be useful to academic researchers in public administration and development studies fields as they will help researchers grasp the potential external and internal forces that are likely to influence PAC structures and practices. The insights offered by a country-specific PAC will also be useful to parliamentary bodies and governments in other countries implementing similar PAC structures and practices and facing similar socio-political environments. This book will also help gaining an understanding of the issues of government accountability from a management point of view as well as from a socio-political point of view.

For further details about this book, please contact Professor Zahirul Hoque at