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Handbook of Public Administration, 3rd Edition by James L. Perry, Robert K. Christensen

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Chapter 7Using Transparency to Reinforce Responsibility and Responsiveness

Gregory A. Porumbescu and Tobin Im

Transparency is a topic that has attracted considerable attention from the field of public administration over the past three decades (Hood & Heald, 2006). As it relates to public management, transparency is seen as essential to good governance. Transparency can enhance levels of citizens' trust in government (Welch, Hinnant, & Moon, 2005), reduce levels of corruption (Bertot, Jaeger, & Grimes, 2010), and improve financial management (Wehner & De Renzio, 2012). Moreover, there is a strong normative basis for enhancing public sector transparency: citizens of democracies, being the rightful owners of their government, should be afforded ...

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