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.
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.
The results show that contextual factors like population explain online financial transparency, while financial sustainability and corruption had moderating and negative effects.
Governments that struggle with issues of financial sustainability and corruption will rely more on online financial transparency. Transparency increases detection of public corruption.
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.
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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