How to Be Open About Spending: Innovating in Public Sector Reporting in the Information Age

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Abstract

The field of public sector reporting is moving from vertical to horizontal accountability: from hierarchical relationships that mediate between public organisations and citizens to directly disclosing available information. IT developments play an important role in innovative forms of reporting that respond to the growing importance of horizontal accountability. This paper provides an overview of some of the most important initiatives on the plane of reporting innovations, such as gov.uk and OpenSpending, as well as recent examples in the Netherlands. The examples underline the importance of horizontal accountability forms, as well as the significance of ‘horizontal integration’: the idea that systems are fully integrated across different functions. However, issues of interoperability, security, and information architecture persist, often pared with the lack of authority to coerce (cross-sectoral) reporting changes. The paper concludes with a discussion of how these initiatives can aid further improvement in public accountability. We argue that the new forms of reporting do not only influence the question how reporting is composed, but that they also affect what is reported and for whom the reporting is compiled.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Technology Science
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer/Verlag
Pages137-147
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319749792
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2018
EventInternational Conference on Information Technology Science, MosITS,2017 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 Dec 20173 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume724
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Technology Science, MosITS,2017
CountryRussian Federation
CityMoscow
Period1/12/173/12/17

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Keywords

  • E-government
  • ICT
  • Interoperability
  • Public accountability
  • Public sector reporting

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Faber, A. S. C., & Budding, G. T. (2018). How to Be Open About Spending: Innovating in Public Sector Reporting in the Information Age. In Information Technology Science (pp. 137-147). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 724). Cham: Springer/Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74980-8_13
Faber, A. S.C. ; Budding, G. T. / How to Be Open About Spending : Innovating in Public Sector Reporting in the Information Age. Information Technology Science. Cham : Springer/Verlag, 2018. pp. 137-147 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing).
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Information Technology Science. Cham : Springer/Verlag, 2018. p. 137-147 (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 724).

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