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Executive Politics and Governance

Auditing Good Government in Africa

Public Sector Reform, Professional Norms and the Development Discourse

Authors: Gustavson, M.

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This book gives a comprehensive overview of the literature on development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and challenges the notions of African public officials presented there. It focuses on public audit institutions and offers rich empirical research results, which contradicts many assumptions made in the literature on development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

About the authors

Maria Gustavson is Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is affiliated with the Quality of Government Institute and has been a visiting scholar at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research primarily concerns administrative reforms in developing countries, audit and democratic accountability and effects of audit on public sector performance. Gustavson is also appointed as Board Member of the Swedish Government's Expert Group for Analyzing and Evaluating Swedish International Aid.

Reviews

"This book does a masterful job of clarifying how public officials in developing countries handle foreign inspired administrative reforms and international practices, in relation to their local circumstances. It offers an excellent set of case studies that demonstrate how a distinct professional identity among African public auditors has emerged. Policy-makers, professionals and scholars should be grateful to have such a well-crafted, finely-balanced contribution to the literature on organizational change and professionalization." - Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Chr. Michelsen Institute and the International Centre for Tax and Development

"In this well-argued and ambitious study, Gustavson demonstrates that institutional and professional logics of audit institutions in African countries do not differ much from their counterparts in the industrialized world. The study makes a key contribution to the literature, as its results contrast to many conventional notions about public institutions in developing countries." - Shirin Ahlback Oberg, Uppsala University, Sweden


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Good Government and Development in Africa

    Gustavson, Maria

    Pages 1-28

  • The Dynamics of Public Sector Reform — Two Research Traditions

    Gustavson, Maria

    Pages 29-64

  • The African Context of Public Auditors

    Gustavson, Maria

    Pages 65-85

  • State Audit Conceptualized

    Gustavson, Maria

    Pages 86-105

  • The National Audit Offices of Botswana and Namibia

    Gustavson, Maria

    Pages 106-149

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $105.00
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Softcover $100.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-44869-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Auditing Good Government in Africa
Book Subtitle
Public Sector Reform, Professional Norms and the Development Discourse
Authors
Series Title
Executive Politics and Governance
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-28272-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137282729
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-28271-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44869-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 214
Topics