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A history of British national audit : the pursuit of accountability

Author: David Dewar; Warwick Funnell
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
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The core theme of the book is the importance of an independent state audit to ensure that the Executive is held accountable to Parliament. Instilling effective financial control and accountability for the use of public funds and the proper conduct of public business has been an incremental process that has taken centuries. This book provides a detailed history of the forces and personalities involved in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Dewar; Warwick Funnell
ISBN: 9780198790310 0198790317
OCLC Number: 971261269
Description: 1 volume ; 24 cm
Contents: 1: A Sense Of History2: Medieval Beginnings3: Advance And Retreat in the Financial Supremacy of Parliament4: The Board of Audit5: Early Victorian Reform6: The 1866 Audit Act and the Modern State7: Audit, Accountability and the Impact of the Two World Wars8: Post War Strengths and Challenges9: Audit In The Time of the New Public Management10: The National Audit Office11: Recurring Themes and Continuing ChangeAppendices
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This book provides a detailed history of the struggle by Parliament and the British public to make the Executive accountable for the use of public funds, from early historical developments through to  Read more...

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