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Enacting “accountability in collaborative governance”: lessons in emergency management and earthquake recovery from the 2010–2011 Canterbury Earthquakes

Kelum Jayasinghe (Essex Business School, University of Essex, Colchester, UK)
Christine M. Kenney (Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Raj Prasanna (Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Jerry Velasquez (Secretariat Office, Green Climate Funds (GCF), Incheon, Republic of Korea)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 15 June 2020

Issue publication date: 13 October 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper illustrates how accountability of collaborative governance was constituted in the context of disaster managerial work carried out by the Government, local authorities, and Maori community organisations, after the 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study detailing the communitarian approach to disaster recovery management by a nationalised Maori earthquake response network is contrasted with the formal emergency management infrastructure's response to the Canterbury earthquakes.

Findings

Critical analysis of the effectiveness and failures of these approaches highlights the institutional and cultural political issues that hinder the institutionalization of collaborative and accountable governance in the fields of disaster risk reduction and emergency management.

Research limitations/implications

The paper contributes to the accountability research and practice in general and disaster accountability in particular by addressing a more multifaceted model of ‘accountability combined with collaborative governance’ as a way to build on and critique some of the seemingly more narrow views of accountability.

Originality/value

The study presents rare insights on the interactions between formal and community level accountability and collaborative governance in the context of New Public Governance (NPG).

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Acknowledgements

The first pilot study by the first and third author was sponsored by Joint Center for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Citation

Jayasinghe, K., Kenney, C.M., Prasanna, R. and Velasquez, J. (2020), "Enacting “accountability in collaborative governance”: lessons in emergency management and earthquake recovery from the 2010–2011 Canterbury Earthquakes", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 439-459. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-09-2019-0143

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