Accountability in times of exception: an exploratory study of account-giving practices during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. / Andreaus, Michele; Girardi, Andrea; Pesci, Caterina; Rinaldi, Leonardo.

In: Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, 05.01.2021.

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Accountability in times of exception: an exploratory study of account-giving practices during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. / Andreaus, Michele; Girardi, Andrea; Pesci, Caterina; Rinaldi, Leonardo.

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Andreaus, Michele ; Girardi, Andrea ; Pesci, Caterina ; Rinaldi, Leonardo. / Accountability in times of exception: an exploratory study of account-giving practices during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. In: Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. 2021.

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