Public accounts committees in Eastern and Southern Africa: A comparative analysis

Riccardo Pelizzo, Abel Kinyondo

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This article provides the first and most comprehensive analysis of Public Accounts Committees (PACs) from Eastern and Southern Africa building on the work of McGee, Jacobs, Stapenhurst, and Staddon. By analyzing an original set of data, this article shows that PACs in these two regions are bigger, have more staff members, and are more likely to be chaired by opposition Members of Parliament than they have in other countries and regions. Furthermore, the data show that Eastern and Southern African PACs are more active than their counterparts elsewhere. However, lack of political will and limits to the range of powers that they enjoy as well as the dearth of quality technical support from parliamentary staff significantly undermines the effectiveness of these committees and their ability to play a greater role in curbing corruption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-102
Number of pages26
JournalPolitics and Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Africa
  • Budget Implementation
  • Corruption and Development
  • Democracy and Democratization
  • Eastern Africa
  • Effectiveness
  • Government Accountability
  • International Comparative Policy
  • Legislative Oversight
  • PACs
  • Public Accounts Committees
  • Public Administration
  • Public Management
  • Southern Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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