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Findings from World Bank Yields New Findings on Public Administration

May 22, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A new study on Public Administration is now available. According to news reporting from Washington, District of Columbia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The economies of remote Indigenous settlements are dominated by public finances. The current system of governing public finance is highly saturated, fragmented and centralised, and this has a corrosive effect on local governance capability."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from World Bank, "The political accountability of leaders to their constituents is weakened in favour of an administrative accountability 'upwards' to higher authorities. New Public Management reforms have promoted administrative deconcentration, over political devolution, and this has been accompanied by an influx of public servants, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and private contractors, and a decline in Indigenous organisations and local government. The end result in many settlements is a marked disengagement of Indigenous people in their own governance. There is evidence of considerable political capabilities existing within local government electorates."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Decentralised financing arrangements can be used to catalyse these capabilities and then address deficits in administrative and technical performance."

For more information on this research see: Reinventing the Governance of Public Finances in Remote Indigenous Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2014;73(1):115-127. Australian Journal of Public Administration can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Australian Journal of Public Administration -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Moran, World Bank, Washington, DC, United States.

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Source: Politics & Government Week