Faces and phases of transparency reform in local government

Eric E. Otenyo, Nancy S. Lind

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The authors draw on public and official perceptions to discuss the discontinuities between various interpretations of transparency in local government jurisdictions. The article seeks to establish a theoretical understanding of transparency in public administration literature. Transparency in the formative years of a nation is not necessarily the same idea as transparency in a globalizing information age. Likewise, the meaning of transparency in least developed countries is changing with their acquisition of sophisticated information technologies and pressures to reduce corruption. Scholarship on transparency needs to recognize the different changes in meaning ascribed to this very important administrative principle. Evidently, universal lessons might be brought to bear to help develop a coherent theoretical basis on stages and interpretations of transparency reforms in local governments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-307
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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