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Public value of online financial transparency: Financial sustainability and corruption of public officials in the US state governments

Gabriel Puron-Cid (Department of Public Administration, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Aguascalientes, Mexico)
Christopher G. Reddick (College of Public Policy, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Sukumar Ganapati (Department of Public Policy and Administration, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 19 March 2019

Issue publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to apply Moore’s public value model into the context of e-government research by examining online financial transparency as both an organizational goal and as a driving force for financial sustainability and public officials’ corruption. The empirical context comprises the state governments in the USA.

Design/methodology/approach

Structural equation modeling is used to examine the relationship between specific contextual factors of the authorizing environment, financial sustainability, public official corruption and online budget transparency.

Findings

The results show that contextual factors like population explain online financial transparency, while financial sustainability and corruption had moderating and negative effects.

Practical implications

Governments that struggle with issues of financial sustainability and corruption will rely more on online financial transparency. Transparency increases detection of public corruption.

Originality/value

The effects of financial transparency and financial sustainability on corruption have been studied separately. This study fills the gap of understanding the effects of both on corruption as one phenomenon.

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Citation

Puron-Cid, G., Reddick, C.G. and Ganapati, S. (2019), "Public value of online financial transparency: Financial sustainability and corruption of public officials in the US state governments", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 467-488. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-03-2018-0073

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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