The Influence of Budget Transparency on Quality of Governance
Abdullah Albassam B*
Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Abdullah Albassam B
Institute of Public Administration
Riyadh, Saudhi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 21, 2015; Accepted Date: September 11, 2015; Published Date: September 21, 2015
Citation: Abdullah Albassam B (2015) The Influence of Budget Transparency on Quality of Governance. J Pol Sci Pub Aff S1:009. doi:10.4172/2332-0761.1000S1.009
Copyright: © 2015 Abdullah Albassam B. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Public budget is the engine that drives any economy; thus, budget transparency contributes to shaping the political process and government performance. The current study examines the relationship between budget transparency (measured by Open Budget Index (OBI)) and governance quality (measured by Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI)). The study covers four years – 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 where OBI data are available. Furthermore, the role of the human development level of nations in shaping this relationship is tested. While the result of the analysis shows a significant relationship between budget transparency and governance quality, which is inconsistent with the literature, the findings indicate minimal influence of the human development level of nations on this relationship. This result confirms the influence of budget transparency in the adoption of good governance practices by governments and increased quality of governance. Future research can examine the relationship between human development and quality of governance in the process of understanding factors that contribute in enhancing the governing process.