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On the tools of open government and the level of civil participation in public finance management

Vol. 25, Iss. 8, AUGUST 2019

Received: 25 June 2019

Received in revised form: 9 July 2019

Accepted: 23 July 2019

Available online: 30 August 2019

Subject Heading: FISCAL SYSTEM

JEL Classification: H10, H50, H60, H80

Pages: 1849–1868

Glushakova O.V. Siberian State Industrial University (SibSIU), Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russian Federation

Vaisberg Ya.A. Electroset' Municipal Unitary Enterprise, Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russian Federation

Subject The article considers the level of citizen participation in public finance management. At present, Russia follows the best international practices of open government, however, the tools used by the open government do not enable proper implementation of the principle of transparency and civil participation in the public sector.
Objectives The purpose of the study is to examine the open government tools aimed at enhancing the level of transparency in the public sector, to assess the level of citizens' awareness of public finance and their involvement in the management of public financial flows.
Methods The study rests on the group survey method with the use of the Google Docs toolkit. About 1,580 citizens from 13 regions of the Russian Federation participated in the survey. The respondents had to answer twelve simple questions about public finance.
Results The survey showed that despite the formation of extensive legal and regulatory framework aimed at the budget transparency of the Russian budget system and the development of tools designed to ensure the availability of budget information for all stakeholders, the awareness of citizens of public finance and their involvement in the process of managing the public financial flows remain low.
Conclusions To raise the awareness of citizens and their involvement in public finance management, it is necessary to expand the list of participants in the budget process by inclusion of civil society representatives, and develop the tools for public finance management.

Keywords: public management, public financial flows, budget for citizens, civil participation


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