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Perceptions of Malaysian local government managers on accountability typology


Othman, Rohana and Taylor, Dennis and Sulaiman, Maliah and Jusoff, Kamaruzaman (2008) Perceptions of Malaysian local government managers on accountability typology. Asian Social Science, 4 (8). pp. 55-63. ISSN 1911-2017; ESSN: 1911-2025

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Accountability is a concept that has been difficult to clearly identify or measure. There is disagreement over definitions of accountability and a lack of empirical evidence about ways the concept might be dimensionalized, although there is agreement that it is multi-dimensional in nature. The aim of this study is to provide evidence of the existence of common types of accountability that are considered by departmental managers in local governments in Malaysia to be rendered by their particular departments. Drawing from a range of writings that have propounded different dimensions for the accountability construct, this study develops an instrument and administers it to departmental heads and their immediate subordinate manager in local government authorities throughout Malaysia. A three-cluster solution resulted from the data analysis, indicating an accountability typology that reduces to the three dimensions managerial/public accountability, fiduciary/compliance accountability and political accountability.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
DOI Number: 10.5539/ass.v4n8p55
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education
Keywords: Accountability; Local government; Typology; Public sector organizations
Depositing User: Norhazura Hamzah
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 17:09
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 12:02
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