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Performance or Compliance?: Performance Audit and Public Management in Five Countries

Christopher Pollitt, Xavier Girre, Jeremy Lonsdale, Robert Mul, Hilkka Summa, and Marit Waerness


Performance audit is now in fashion, but has in the past been a somewhat closed world, little studied by outsiders. Now an international team of researchers has studied the work of five national audit offices – France, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. The picture thus revealed contains elements of technical innovation, methodological challenge, and crucial strategic choice.

Keywords: performance audit, France, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, national audit offices, technical innovation, methodological challenge, strategic choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Pollitt, author
Erasmus University, Rotterdam
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Xavier Girre, author
Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

Jeremy Lonsdale, author