Journal of Public Administration and Governance

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EISSN : 2161-7104
Current Publisher: Macrothink Institute, Inc. (10.5296)
Total articles ≅ 613
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Fee Cheng Tan, Devika Nadarajah
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 11, pp 85-96; doi:10.5296/jpag.v11i1.18006

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This study examined the mediating role of proactivity in the effects of five adaptability features (i.e. work stress coping, creativity, dealing with uncertainty, training and learning, and interpersonal adaptability) on employees’ change readiness. A total of 379 employees of public sector organisations in Malaysia participated in the study. Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) was employed to analyse the proposed model. The results indicate that out of the five adaptability features, three (dealing with uncertainty, training and learning, and interpersonal adaptability) significantly predict proactivity. Proactivity was also found to mediate the effects of these three adaptability features on change readiness. This paper contributes to the change readiness literature by identifying proactivity as mediator in the relationship between adaptability features and change readiness, which has received relatively scant attention. Practical and theoretical contributions are discussed.
Maria Mohd Ismail, Raja Noriza Raja Ariffin
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 11, pp 97-106; doi:10.5296/jpag.v11i1.17961

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Politics plays a major role in every aspect of the government development plan. Kelantan is an interesting case in understanding the different political leadership involved in the implementation process. This study reports how politics influenced the development of rural transport accessibility in Kuala Krai, Kelantan. In-depth interviews were conducted among 33 respondents; 13 policymakers from the federal, state and local level and 20 villagers covering all the three sub-districts in Kuala Krai, Kelantan, Malaysia. The findings were presented based on the emerging themes emerged from the analysis. The findings confirmed that politics is the primary mover in formulating and implementing any transport accessibility plan in the study area. The findings also provided ultimate insights for policymakers at multiple decision-making level involved in formulating and implementing for an accessible rural transport system for the rural communities.
Bienmali Kombate, Muganga Emmanuel, Kouadio Konan Richard
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 11, pp 1-25; doi:10.5296/jpag.v11i1.18150

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Strategic management implementation in public sector study has nowadays become the most commonly researched area among public administration scholars and researchers. However, to the best of our knowledge, there has been no attempt to investigate the influence of the implementation style and the middle management on the Strategic Management Implementation (SMI) and organizational performance (OP). There is a paucity of studies that have been undertaken in developing countries. This study aims to fulfil this research gap, investigated in the moderated mediation effect of the combination of the implementation style and middle management effort in the relationship between SMI and OP. The study data was collected on a sample of 468 public managers in the Togolese central government organizations. The findings show that public organisations that opt for logical implementation style in its program implementation result in a non-significant estimate at the mean and 1SD below the middle management effort (W). However, in the organization that applies incremental implementation style in its program implementation, the estimates at mean, 1SD below and 1SD above the mean of the W are all statistically significant. Developing country public sector organisations characterized by traditional bureaucracy and lack of administrative reform program implementation that opt for logical implementation style will likely decrease performance.
Mayowa Joseph Oluro, Johnson Olawale Bamigbose
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 11, pp 26-39; doi:10.5296/jpag.v11i1.18151

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The legislature is unarguably the fulcrum upon which democracy rests. Democracy, in this context, is representative government. Thus, the institution of the legislature as an assembly of elected representatives becomes the engine room of the structural framework upon which democratic governance is built. As history has shown, the beauty of legislature is greatly enhanced by a healthy multi-party system wherein elected representatives from different party backgrounds engage one another alongside party ideological positions with a view to deliberating on issue of governance and socio-economic well-being of the people. Legislative cross-carpeting in Nigeria is becoming a norm rather than exigency, and is taking a negative toll on the capacity of legislatures to fulfill their mandates as against functioning as merely rubber-stamp annexes of the executive/ruling party. This study examines the impacts of the wanton cross-carpeting, often times bereft of any ideological underpinning, that have characterized legislative assemblies in Nigeria and its implications on good governance. Among others, it concludes that concrete legal and political frameworks must be developed to check the direction of cross-carpeting in Nigeria’s legislative houses if good governance is to be entrenched.
Eugene Danso
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10, pp 142-158; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17732

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The complexity of business-government relations in the globalized economy cannot be underestimated. This is the product of the cross-cutting effects of a long-term policy shift heightened by globalization, coupled with privatization. Central to this, is the emergence of ideologies within the contours of the state-market-society landscape. Ghana’s privatization experience is typical of this major ideological approach to business-government relations. As a qualitative study, this paper adopts unobtrusive content analysis of an empirical study of the privatization of Ashanti Goldfields Company (AGC). This paper argues that Ghana’s adoption of privatization policy has yielded undesirable policy outcomes due to the complexities of the divestiture process which had adverse effect on the state-market-society nexus.
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17818

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This study aims to describe and analyze and interpret 1) the role of DPMPTSP in realizing innovative licensing and non-licensing services in Depok City; 2) The role of planning, leadership, human resources apparatus, and organizational culture; and 3) DPMPTSP's strategy for licensing and non- licensing service innovation in Depok City, West Java Province. As for the theory used to uncover the problems in this study, the theory of public service innovation developed by Rachel Asworth and friends as stated in the framework of thought (Ashworth, 2010). Through a qualitative method with a descriptive approach with a spiral analysis model by John W. Creswell, it was found that 1) the organizational environment, both internal and external DPMPTSP plays a role in the innovation of public services in Depok City; 2) The role of planning, leadership, apparatus human resources, and organizational culture that is built on DPMPTSP is a force to realize Public Service Innovation in Depok City; and 3) Strategy through an internal and external collaboration of local government and organizational learning is the trigger for realizing public service innovation in Depok City, West Java Province.
Nick Fobih
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10, pp 125-141; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17955

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The purpose of the study is to examine the new public management (NPM) reforms in Ghana’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and at the local government level in terms of key changes implemented and its successes. The study also examines the challenges that have been encountered in the implementation process and recommendations to address the weaknesses in the system. The methodology used is based on the qualitative approach and the descriptive method. The findings in the study show that regardless of the in-roads made since the introduction of the NPM reforms, a number of challenges such as lack of expertise, lack of political will, inadequate resources among others, continue to affect the performance of Ghana’s civil service, which in turn, impact the delivery of public services. The study recommends that NPM reforms must seek to increase levels of accountability because monitoring the performance of key institutions will go a long way to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the public service. The significance of the study is that it provides key insights into important issues in Ghana’s NPM reforms, which can serve as useful tools for decision makers in moving the reforms towards accomplishing its goals more successfully. The outlined challenges and recommendations will inform the government, key policy makers and local government officials to enable them address the challenges affecting the effective implementation of NPM reforms. This study further contributes toward academic discussions relating to the impact of NPM reforms in Ghana and Africa in general.
Shalva (Lasha) Gogidze
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17772

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This article reviews the role of the institute of whistleblowers in modern system of public administration and its connections to fighting corruption and detecting violations of legislative and ethical norms in public and private sectors. In this context, the article discusses the experience of Georgia, post-Soviet country that is in democratic transition with nascent norms and mechanisms for whistleblower protection. Specifically, the article analyzes Georgia’s legislative norms and their practical application by bringing specific examples from within the country and abroad. This is complemented by the analysis of international norms and mechanisms the adoption of which would improve the status quo in the field and encourage more people in the Georgian state and civil service and beyond to raise their voices against injustices and unlawful and corrupt behavior. The article ends with the conclusion and a list of recommendations tailored to the Georgian context.
Adeniyi Olufemi Oluwakoya, Stephen Olufemi Obasa
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10, pp 159-168; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17956

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Transport, due to its ubiquitous nature, takes a key position in contemporary discourse as a critical sector that impacts governance, economic and social wellbeing of the national development. The unprecedented transportation challenges, particularly in the sub-Saharan states, have a significant implication on the performance of their economies. These challenges, more often than not, are generated by disequilibrium in the policy of the government as it affects transport administration. The study takes a comparative evaluation of the extent, dimension and manner of transport administration in Nigeria and Britain. The approach involves a documentary search of the policy intervention of transport administration in both countries. The study identifies the issues and challenges of transport administration lapses, especially on the part of Nigeria and relevant recommendation to improve transport administration for national economic development.
Siti Daleela Mohd Wahid, Siti Hajjar Mohd Amin , Abdul Jalil Mohamed Ali, Aida Abdullah, Siti Mariam Ali
Journal of Public Administration and Governance, Volume 10; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i4.17586

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Citizen-centricity satisfaction is a recent phenomenon spreading around the world. It is of growing interest to scholars and many papers are focused on this area. This paper aims at revealing factor that predict a citizen satisfaction during pandemic outbreak in public service delivery. A massive number of theories and past scholars have carried out studies on the factors influencing citizen satisfaction, which resulted in a list containing large volume of variables. There was a need to generalize factors that capable to form a universal citizen satisfaction model. This research utilizing citizen-centric demands of transformational government model as the theoretical foundation in citizen satisfaction in public service context. 346 citizens conveniently were selected as respondents, at the same time as information become amassed via online surveys. The information become then analyzed via the use of AMOS software. The structural equation modelling (SEM) was executed to develop the measurement model. The results exhibit that goodness of fit, construct reliability, convergent validity and discriminant validity achieved the overall fitness threshold to model citizen satisfaction. This research contributes to shed light on the literature via examining the elements of citizen-centric demands of transformational government model namely openness, responsiveness, transparency and participation in citizen satisfaction.
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