LAW* INTRODUCTION As democratic institutions, it is essential that local authorities are accountable to local citizens for their performance. If service consumers or taxpayers are unhappy with their councilâs performance then, in principle, it is possible to seek improvements through the ballot box. Between elections, the public can press their claims in person, through pressure groups or through direct participation in the delivery of services. However, effective accountability in practice is impossible without accurate information on local authority performance. Such information has been described as âthe life blood of accountabilityâ (Day and Klein, 1987, p.243). The public cannot make valid judgements on council policies unless information is provided on the quantity, quality and cost of local services. The provision of such information is not, by itself, a sufficient condition for effective accountability which also requires the application of sanctions if performance is poor (Stewart, 1984). However, it is a necessary condition. In the absence of performance data, the concept of accountability and indeed the whole local democratic process is simply a sham. Annual reports are not the only source of performance information. The public may also make judgements on the basis of media coverage of local authorities and
Financial Accountability & Management – Wiley
Published: Sep 1, 1991
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