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Measuring local government transparency

da Cruz, Nuno F., Tavares, António F., Marques, Rui Cunha, Jorge, Susana and de Sousa, Luís (2015) Measuring local government transparency. Public Management Review. ISSN 1471-9037

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14719037.2015.1051572


Despite the importance of government transparency to promote accountability and prevent maladministration, empirical research has failed to produce proper tools to assess and compare government transparency practices. Most contributions to the topic do not address it from a stakeholder’s perspective, particularly in selecting the indicators to include in transparency indexes. This paper contributes to the debate by developing a municipal transparency index based on information available on local government official websites. The methodological approach borrows insights from the decision analysis literature to structure the index through a participatory process. An application to the Portuguese local government setting is briefly discussed.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:37
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 02:01

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