Funded by taxation, public spending cannot be separated from politics and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness is always high on the political and policy agenda. Accounting, accountability, governance and auditing are essential ingredients in evaluating public sector performance.
Australia and New Zealand are world leaders when it comes to public sector accounting—such as being the first to introduce transaction-neutral accounting standards. This edited collection considers current issues impacting the public sector by primarily drawing upon experiences of Australia and New Zealand. Then, by combining history (from the time of the Domesday book, early sovereignty and Shakespeare) with current practice (differential reporting, international financial reporting standards, government performance, voter turnout, joined-up government and auditing practices), we use these experiences to illuminate the global issues of public sector accounting, accountability and governance.
Based on rigorous research by top public sector researchers, this edited collection offers a multitude of future research ideas to enable those interested in following this pathway—whether they are in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States of America, Africa or anywhere else in the world—an avenue to traverse.
2 Differential reporting: what does it really mean for the public sector?
ROBYN PILCHER AND DAVID GILCHRIST
3 Depreciation in local government—still the problems continue
4 The consequences of the current public sector reporting framework for government accountability and decision making
5 Westminster system, parliamentary sovereignty and responsible government: executive accountability in New Zealand and Australia
6 The relationship between pre-election reports in New Zealand local governments and voter turnout
BIKRAM CHATTERJEE, ROSS TAPLIN, NICHOLAS PAWSEY, MARY LOW, AND GRANTLEY TAYLOR
7 Watching the watchdogs: how auditing is contributing to governance
8 Same, same but different: a comparison between performance audit and operational audit
ELNAZ VAFAEI, DAVID GILCHRIST, GLENNDA SCULLY, AND HARJINDER SINGH
9 Just do it? A cautionary tale on implementing performance management regimes
JOSEPH DREW AND SASINDU GAMAGE
10 The intention and the reality: A commentary on the not-for-profit reform Agenda in Australia
DAVID GILCHRIST AND ROBYN PILCHER
11 Utopia: joined-up government in Australia and New Zealand
DAVID GILCHRIST AND KAREN KNIGHT
12 Conclusion and globalising accounting, accountability and governance