The role(s) of accounting and performance measurement systems in contemporary public administration

Ileana Steccolini*, Iris Saliterer, James Guthrie

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Abstract

The spate of public sector reforms which have taken place in recent decades has triggered the development of a new body of research around public sector accounting and performance measurement both in public administration as well as in the (public sector) accounting literature. However, studies in accounting and public administration have at times ignored each other, proceeding in parallel. This symposium encourages the adoption of interdisciplinary perspectives in exploring the myriad roles played by accounting and performance measurement systems in contemporary public administration. Emphasizing that accounting and performance measurement systems are socially, politically, culturally constructed and, in turn, are implicated in the creation of organizations, society and political values, this symposium aims to extend the dialogue between accounting and public administration scholars in exploring how accounting, accountability and performance measurement considerations are connected to policy-making, public services and, more generally, the building and maintenance of modern states and democracies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Administration
Volume98
Issue number1
Early online date3 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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