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The watchdog : New Zealand's Audit Office, 1840 to 2008

Author: David Green; John Singleton
Publisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a global economic climate troubled by the consequences of a dearth of fiscal accountability and transparency, the importance of independent auditing bodies, whether in the public or private sector, is not to be underestimated. The authors of this history trace the Office's rise and decline towards 'impotent irrelevance' before it was saved by computers, which facilitated more targeted and searching methods of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Green; John Singleton
ISBN: 9781877372735 1877372730
OCLC Number: 430054484
Description: 208 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Beginnings (1840-66) --
2. The FitzGerald years (1867-96) --
3. The Liberal era (1896-1912) --
4. From reform to Depression (1912-35) --
5. Auditing the War Effort and the Welfare State (1935-75) --
6. Value for money? The Shailes era (1975-83) --
7. Brian Tyler and the Public Service Revolution (1983-92) --
8. Crisis, recovery and the Public Audit Act (1992-2002) --
9. The Audit Office in the New Millennium.
Responsibility: David Green & John Singleton.

Abstract:

In a global economic climate troubled by the consequences of a dearth of fiscal accountability and transparency, the importance of independent auditing bodies, whether in the public or private sector, is not to be underestimated. The authors of this history trace the Office's rise and decline towards 'impotent irrelevance' before it was saved by computers, which facilitated more targeted and searching methods of examination. This absorbing tale moves from the teething problems of difficult origins, to the brave new worlds of radical 'value for money' auditing in the 1970s.

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