Using Web Sites to Improve Fiscal Transparency: The Case of Turkish Municipalities

Using Web Sites to Improve Fiscal Transparency: The Case of Turkish Municipalities

Tolga Demirbas (Uludag University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-814-8.ch008
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Abstract

Fiscal transparency today is considered as an essential element of both good governance and e-governance. Therefore, in the new public management and budgeting reforms made by governments, it is clearly observed that fiscal transparency is one of the key elements. E-government technologies and especially the internet are supportive to the efforts on the part of governments offering unprecedented opportunities to public administrations enabling the dissemination of fiscal information and improving the e-governance system. In Turkey, where there is the tradition of Continental Europe, the reforms made through new laws in early 2000 contain various legal and institutional regulations to improve fiscal transparency and encourage the public administrators to use websites in an attempt to enhance fiscal transparency. This chapter, within the context of evaluating the endeavors in question, examines the websites of municipalities in Turkey in terms of fiscal transparency and eventually presents some suggestions for the improvement of the e-governance system.-

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