Data Disclosure or Debureaucratization: Which is the Best Strategy to Reduce Corruption Vulnerability?

Guilherme Wiedenhoft, Edimara M. Luciano, and Odirlei A. Magnagnagno. 2019. Data Disclosure or Debureaucratization: Which is the Best Strategy to Reduce Corruption Vulnerability? In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2019). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 70–80.

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Abstract- This study aims to identify the contribution of governmental open data disclosure and debureaucratization in reducing a country’s level of corruption. For this purpose, a theoretical model has been created, and three global country-based indicators—namely the Corruption Perception Index, Global Open Data Index, and The Ease of Doing Business Ranking— were analyzed. . The study is exploratory and employs a combined quantitative analysis of secondary data, which were analyzed through PLS. 

The reduction of bureaucracy has shown a more significant effect that the opening of data related to corruption perception in the 164 countries analyzed. Results show that government open data disclosure and the level of reduction in bureaucracy contribute to making a country less vulnerable to corruption; nonetheless, debureaucratization presented a superior and more significant effect. The results show that debureaucratization might be a starting point for initiatives against corruption, especially in countries with limited financial resources, and that it can support governmental decision-making in this regard.