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Mechanisms of Accountability in Local Government: An Exploratory Study

Kluvers, Ron and Tippett, John (2010) Mechanisms of Accountability in Local Government: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Business and Management, 5 (7). pp. 46-53. ISSN 1833-3850 (print) 1833-8119 (online)

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This exploratory, empirical study is an attempt to understand the perception of accountability within Victorian local government. Important governance developments have emerged in recent years, changing the context of public decision-making. It is timely to study public sector accountability in this changing context. Data were collected from 78 Victorian municipalities. A survey instrument was distributed to councillors and managers, with survey statements eliciting participants’ understanding of the operation of accountability. Using factor analysis, four factors were generated that revealed the items councillors and managers perceive to be the important elements of accountability. Whilst respondents’ views of accountability were generally in accordance with the literature, new aspects were discovered. For example, an individual’s attitude towards accountability and managing the accountability relationship was shaped by their values. The literature has not previously explored this facet of individual values.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20546, accountability, local government, personal values, compliance, stewardship
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
FOR Classification > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
SEO Classification > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2012 06:38
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 05:30
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