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In the Absence of a Public Accounts Committee: The Swedish Experience

Bringselius, Louise LU (2015) In Making Governments Accountable
Abstract
Sweden is one of the countries which does not have a Public Accounts Committee. Since the Swedish National Audit Office was formed in 2003, two non-PAC models for the channelling of audits to Parliament have been tested. This chapter discusses the Swedish experience from these. It suggests that one reason why Sweden has avoided forming a PAC is the wish to preserve a political culture focused on collaboration and pragmatic improvement, rather than confrontation and accountability debates. The current model is successful in this regard. Findings emphasise the importance of a fit between political culture and systems for accountability.
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Public Accounts Committee, National Audit Office, political culture, performance audit, parliamentary control, Riksrevisionen
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Making Governments Accountable
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Hoque, Zahirul
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Routledge
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978-1-138-78358-4
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English
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