Organization, Mandate, Performance: Public Accounts Committees from the Asian Region
18 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2013
Date Written: July 22, 2013
PACs from Asia are bigger, better staffed and more likely to be chaired by an opposition MP than PACs in the rest of the world. These three characteristics are offset by the fact that in Asian PACs opposition parties are not represented nearly as well as they are in the rest of the world. In terms of mandate, PACs in Asia have on average a much wider mandate than they do elsewhere. In terms of activity, the data collected by WBI in collaboration with CPA suggest that PACs in Asia hold more meetings and hearings, but conclude fewer inquiries and, as a result, produce fewer reports.
Keywords: public accounts committees, legislative oversight, Asia, governance, corruption
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