Title Promoting Sustainability Transparency in European Local Governments: An Empirical Analysis Based on Administrative Cultures
Authors Navarro-Galera, Andres, RUIZ LOZANO, MERCEDES, TIRADO VALENCIA, PILAR, DE LOS RÍOS BERJILLOS, ARACELI, DE LOS RÍOS BERJILLOS, ARACELI, RUIZ LOZANO, MERCEDES, TIRADO VALENCIA, PILAR
External publication No
Means Sustainability
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 2
SJR Quartile 2
JCR Impact 2.07500
SJR Impact 0.53700
Area International
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Publication date 01/03/2017
ISI 000398714100109
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85015844438
DOI 10.3390/su9030432
Abstract Nowadays, the transparency of governments with respect to the sustainability of public services is a very interesting issue for stakeholders and academics. It has led to previous research and international organisations (EU, IMF, OECD, United Nations, IFAC, G-20, World Bank) to recommend promotion of the online dissemination of economic, social and environmental information. Based on previous studies about e-government and the influence of administrative cultures on governmental accountability, this paper seeks to identify political actions useful to improve the practices of transparency on economic, social and environmental sustainability in European local governments. We perform a comparative analysis of sustainability information published on the websites of 72 local governments in 10 European countries grouped into main three cultural contexts (Anglo-Saxon, Southern European and Nordic). Using international sustainability reporting guidelines, our results reveal significant differences in local government transparency in each context. The most transparent local governments are the Anglo-Saxon ones, followed by Southern European and Nordic governments. Based on individualized empirical results for each administrative style, our conclusions propose useful policy interventions to enhance sustainability transparency within each cultural tradition, such as development of legal rules on transparency and sustainability, tools to motivate local managers for online diffusion of sustainability information and analysis of information needs of stakeholders.
Keywords sustainability; transparency; local governments; administrative cultures; e-government
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