| || || Rotuivaqali, Masilina Tuiloa|
| || || Accountability in Fiji's provincial councils and companies : the case for Lau and Namosi|
Author:Rotuivaqali, Masilina Tuiloa
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Accountability is recognised as a vital facet of governance for any organization, as society needs to be kept aware of the performance of such organizations controlled by management on behalf of the people (Lodhia and Burritt, 2004). The purpose of this research project is to obtain insights into systems of accountability found in provincial councils and companies the councils have established in Fiji, utilising the accountability web framework (Gelfand et al., 2004). Research on this issue is important so that it can provide some insights on the accountability configuration within provincial council and company settings. This will assist in the understandings of factors affecting the current accountability framework and how accountability can be improved to raise provincial stakeholders’ confidence. In-depth case studies are undertaken for the Lau and Namosi provincial councils and companies in order to construct and analyse accountability webs for the four entities. The study provides insights into the systems of accountability practiced by provincial councils and how it has been able to influence the system of accountability of provincial companies. Analysis of the entities studied revealed accountability has been influenced by the power distance in society, high levels of trust placed on those in authority coupled with low self-accountability, the culture of respect and silence, and the lack of attention to detail and planning. This has resulted in weak accountabilities being provided to the provincial population.