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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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Methods: Jeremy Lonsdale

Methods: Jeremy Lonsdale

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Performance or Compliance?

Jeremy Lonsdale

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the methods used of performance auditors in evaluating public management, programmes, and organizations. It suggests that while performance has become a more hybrid form of enquiry it has retained the audit tradition at its core, and whilst performance auditors have become more sophisticated in their work, there is still debate as to whether performance is a scientific discipline. The analysis also reveals that reliance on official documentary evidence and interviews underlines the accountability role of performance audit work.

Keywords:   performance auditors, auditing methods, documentary evidence, public management, auditing tradition

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