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The purpose of this paper is to explore the contention that the scope and meaning of accountability has changed. In effect the contention is that accountability is being redefined to exclude the requirement for external scrutiny. An analytical framework based on the work of Bovens (2005), Sinclair (1995) and Grey and Jenkins (1993) is developed to analyse and code the ways that the term accountability is used in the reports produced by the Australian Commonwealth Parliament's Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) under the last four parliaments (1999 to 2009).
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