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Public housing accountability in nunavut a proposed framework for investigation

Public Housing Accountability in Nunavut: A proposed framework for investigation

Author: Ron Baker University of Guelph

Discussant: Janet Mack Queensland University of Technology


Purpose of the paper

Purpose of the Paper

  • To develop a theoretically informed investigative framework for examining the system of accountability for the construction, allocation and maintenance of public housing in Nunavut.


Motivation

Motivation

  • Criticisms and concerns around the management, affordability and condition of social housing

    • 2009 – Auditor General noted monitoring deficiencies by the Housing Commission with repect to the delivery of public housing services

    • 2011 – 63% of housing was either overcrowded or in need of major repair

    • 2012 – construction cost overruns


Theoretical framework

Theoretical Framework

  • Accountability and Accounting

    • Identifies various definitions of accountability

    • Laughlin’s 1990 model

    • Adapted

    • Effects of western-based accounting and accountability mechanisms on Indigenous peoples

    • Expanded definition of accounting


Theoretical framework1

Theoretical Framework

  • Public Accountability

    • Bovens (2007), Romzek (2000), Aucoin and Heintzman (2000)

    • 3 purposes

      • Control

      • Assurance

      • Continuous improvement


Theoretical framework2

Theoretical Framework

  • Governmentality and Governance

    • Foucault

    • Role of accounting – communication

    • “Accountability arrangement is the medium through which government programs can be made operable and by which the population becomes knowable”


Public housing in nunavut

Public Housing in Nunavut

  • Managed by Nunavut Housing Corporation (50% of all housing in Nunavut)

  • NHC is a crown corporation

  • One of its responsibilities is to ‘provide education training and support to Local Housing Organisations in the areas of administration, finance program delivery and maintenance’


Public housing in nunavut1

Public Housing in Nunavut

  • LHOs are independent organisations

  • partner with the NHC to deliver public housing programmes

  • Independently audited


Auditor general report 2008

Auditor General Report 2008

  • Allocation process for housing units not followed consistently by LHOs

  • Inspection of housing units and their condition ratings not being monitores by the NHC

  • NHC did not receive regular reports from LHOs and did not appear to monitor them.


Suggestions

Suggestions

  • While the purpose of the paper was clearly stated and the problem of public housing in Nunavut was identified – there was no clear indication of how the two related.

  • I wondered whether a closer connection between the application of western-based accountability (including mechanisms) and indigenous peoples might be useful – particularly in the discussion.


Suggestions1

Suggestions

  • The discussion and conclusions need to be more comprehensively framed in terms of both the literature and the theory

  • The paper identifies a weakness in the accountability systems that is the potential cause of the issues surrounding the delivery of public housing but does not fully develop this idea.


Suggestions2

Suggestions

  • I thought this was a really interesting paper

  • Addressed a practical problem from a theoretical perspective

  • Addressed an issue that is relevant internationally


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