Supreme Audit Institutions in a High‐impact Context: A Comparative Analysis of Performance Audit in Four Nordic Countries

Åge Johnsen, Kristin Reichborn-Kjennerud, Thomas Carrington, Kim Klarskov Jeppesen, Külli Taro, Jarmo Vakkuri

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This article analyses survey data regarding the impact of supreme audit institutions’ (SAIs) performance audit on public administration in four Nordic countries. Regression analysis with pooled data from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden indicates that performance audits have positive impacts on usefulness, changes, improvements and, to some extent, accountability, as perceived by auditees who have experienced the audits. The results show that some of the factors that earlier research found important for the impact of performance audits in some countries were insignificant for all the four Nordic countries, but that SAIs’ legitimacy, audit quality and consequences of media attention were important factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFinancial Accountability & Management
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)158-181
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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Published online: 14. January 2019


  • Democratic accountability
  • Government
  • Improvement
  • Performance audit
  • Public management reforms

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