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Contrast and foundation of the public oversight roles of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.K. National Audit Office

Norton, Simon Dominic and Smith, L. Murphy 2008. Contrast and foundation of the public oversight roles of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.K. National Audit Office. Public Administration Review 68 (5) , pp. 921-931. 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2008.00932.x

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Abstract

This paper examines and compares, according to the New Public Management approach, the U.S. watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, in its ability to oversee and call to account the executive branch of government, and its U.K. counterpart, the National Audit Office. Results of this examination indicate that the Government Accountability Office is more effective than its U.K. counterpart. Its greater effectiveness is attributable to the fact that it derives its powers and legitimacy from a written constitution; in contrast, in the United Kingdom there is no equivalent document defining the relationship between the state and the citizenry. As a consequence, the powers, duties, and self-perception of the National Audit Office are significantly weaker and more mutable than those of the Government Accountability Office.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0033-3352
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:12
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/17982

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