The effects and determinants of local transparency in Mexico : who's accountable?
Ortega Nieto, Daniel.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Does transparency in government have a measurable impact on public service provision in developing countries? Moreover, what determines transparency? Scholars have emphasized that transparency or the timely availability and accessibility of relevant and reliable information about the functioning of government fosters accountability. As a result, it enhances development through the improvement of efficiency in the allocation of state resources. Using 32 indicators and over 70 variables to code and determine the precise levels of transparency in Mexican municipalities, this study analyzes the factors that determine both the level of transparency and its impact on the provision of household access to clean water and sewerage.; A statistical analysis across the lowest tier of government in Mexico finds that a high level of transparency in municipalities improves access to both clean water and sewerage. With regard to the determinants of transparency, the evidence indicates that state legislation and policies that promote transparency have positive effects. The analysis also shows that while political alternation has positive and significant effects, the participation of civil society organizations in government decision-making bodies does not appear to play a significant role in determining the level of municipal transparency nor does it significantly improve the provision of public services.
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