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Culture legitimate accountability : finding the balance for Indigenous communities

Rossingh, Bronwyn (2014). Culture legitimate accountability : finding the balance for Indigenous communities. PhD Thesis, Charles Darwin University.

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Author Rossingh, Bronwyn
Title Culture legitimate accountability : finding the balance for Indigenous communities
Institution Charles Darwin University
Publication Date 2014
Thesis Type PhD
Subjects 1605 - Policy and Administration
1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract In this thesis it is argued that Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and the Federal and State governments of Australia operate from very different philosophical world views. These positions prevent a mutual and meaningful understanding of the relationship between the accounting management of program funding and the requirements of accountability for that funding. This disjunction contributes to governments underachieving in reducing Indigenous disadvantage. As this disjunction is perpetuated, large amounts of funding are directed at Indigenous communities without producing substantial outcomes. This study provides insights into the cultural differences that play a key role in preventing the management, and to a degree the intent, of government funding from achieving legitimacy in remote Aboriginal communities. In this context legitimacy refers to the extent to which the funding programs represent the community’s decisions in accordance with their beliefs and values (Cornell, Jorgenson and Kalt, 2007). The central thrust of this thesis is to propose the need for intercultural partnerships between these communities and governments to achieve an ‘accountability’ that has a shared meaning, greater local legitimacy and ultimately improved outcomes.

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