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Performance or Compliance?Performance Audit and Public Management in Five Countries$
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Christopher Pollitt, Xavier Girre, Jeremy Lonsdale, Robert Mul, Hilkka Summa, and Marit Waerness

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296003.001.0001

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The Auditor’s Craft: Jeremy Lonsdale, Robert Mul, and Christopher Pollitt

The Auditor’s Craft: Jeremy Lonsdale, Robert Mul, and Christopher Pollitt

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Performance or Compliance?

Jeremy Lonsdale

Robert Mul

Christopher Pollitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the nature of the work of performance auditors and discusses how their identities and the content of their work are changing. It describes the possible roles in various fields including economics and social sciences, management studies, accountancy, and law. It evaluates the craft of performance audit in SAIs in Great Britain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Finland, and France and suggests that whilst they share some broad procedural features, the characteristic scope of the work and the standard requirements for membership of the guild vary extensively from one to the other.

Keywords:   performance auditors, auditing work, SAI, Great Britain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Finland, France

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