Dominant stakeholders, activity and accountability discharge in the CSO Sector

Cordery, Carolyn J. and Sim, Dalice (2017). Dominant stakeholders, activity and accountability discharge in the CSO Sector. Financial Accountability and Management, 34 (2),

Abstract

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) comprise a diverse range of associations, including NGOs, community groups, political parties and social networks. Nevertheless, despite heterogeneity, regulators, funders and donors often treat CSOs as homogeneous when demanding accountability. This paper highlights differences in to whom CSOs across different categories (or types) perceive themselves to be accountable, what for, and the different practices they undertake to discharge accountability. It calls for stakeholders to acknowledge diversity in accountability across different CSO types. This survey-based research finds CSOs weight upwards and downwards stakeholders equally, and undertake voluminous reporting. They would benefit from negotiating multiple-use mechanisms, especially with dominant stakeholders. In combining stakeholder and accountability theory, the research highlights specific CSO types needing further study.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/faam.12144
Divisions: Aston Business School
Additional Information: Copyright © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Dominant stakeholders, activity and accountability discharge in the CSO Sector Cordery, C. J. & Sim, D. 17 Oct 2017 In : Financial Accountability and Management. 34, 2, 20 p., DOI: 10.1111/faam.12144], which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/faam.12144. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: NGO accountability,Membership NGOs,Advocacy NGOs,Social Service NGOs ,Charities,Infrastructure NGOs,; Foundation accountability
Published Date: 2017-10-17
Authors: Cordery, Carolyn J. ( 0000-0001-9511-7671)
Sim, Dalice

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