Examining Relationships Between Legislative and Presidential Influences and Organizational Probity : Evidence from South Korean Central Government Agencies

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Author(s)

  • Chan Su Jung
  • Young Han Chun
  • Jae Rok Oh

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-159
Journal / PublicationInternational Public Management Journal
Volume20
Issue number1
Online published19 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Abstract

In public management, few empirical studies have been conducted on the effects of the most influential political authorities—the legislature and the president—on government organizations, despite the theoretical and practical significance of these effects. This study tests the relationships between legislative and presidential influences and organizational probity in South Korean central government agencies, on the basis of political transaction-cost and principal–agent theories. We use three measures of legislative influence—inspectional influence (total annual days of legislative inspection), statutory influence (rules-to-laws ratio), and budgetary influence (ratio of reprogramming budget to total budget), and one measure of presidential influence (annual number of substantive meetings with the president). Then, these independent variables are linked to the organizational probity measure from audited archival data. The two-time-point panel data analysis reveals a positive link between legislative inspectional influence and probity but a negative relationship between the presidential influence measure and probity; the results support theoretical arguments for control over administrative agencies. Thus, the evidence suggests that governments should be cautious of implementing reforms that increase organizational or managerial autonomy.

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Examining Relationships Between Legislative and Presidential Influences and Organizational Probity : Evidence from South Korean Central Government Agencies. / Jung, Chan Su; Chun, Young Han; Oh, Jae Rok.

In: International Public Management Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2017, p. 132-159.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review