Public Accounts Committees in the Pacific Region

14 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2013

Date Written: April 22, 2013


The purpose of the paper is to investigate whether organizational, institutional and behavioral approaches provide us with a proper framework to understand the functioning of PACs in the Pacific region. By investigating the impact of various organizational characteristics, scope of mandate and political affiliation of committee members, the paper finds that broader rights of access, smaller committee size, better representation of opposition forces on the committee and government chairpersons are associated with higher levels of activity.

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Pelizzo, Riccardo, Public Accounts Committees in the Pacific Region (April 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Riccardo Pelizzo (Contact Author)

Nazarbayev University ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000

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