REVISTA DE ADMINISTRAŢIE PUBLICĂ ŞI POLITICI SOCIALE
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
GOOD BUDGETING AND GOOD GOVERNANCE: A COMPARATIVE DISCOURSE PDF Print E-mail

GOOD BUDGETING AND GOOD GOVERNANCE: A COMPARATIVE DISCOURSE
Ben-Caleb EGBIDE
Department of Accounting, School of Business
College of Development Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State
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Godwyns Ade’ AGBUDE
Department of Political Science and International Relations, School of Social Sciences, College of Development Studies, Covenant University, Canaan Land Ota
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Abstract
The observed budgetary abuses including lack of transparency, poor accountability and budget indiscipline have called to question the rationale of budgeting in government and whether there is any significant positive relationship between good governance and public budgeting. The objective of this paper is to attempt to clear this doubt by an exploration of literature in the subject and specifically comparing the nature and features of good budgeting with good governance. From the conceptual and theoretical basis, it is clear that budget management is not just a technocratic phenomenon but also a political process. Thus, the quality of a government can be x-rayed from the quality of its budgetary process. It is therefore recommended that strict adherence to budgetary rules should not be compromised especially as it relates to discipline, transparency and accountability in the budgetary process as this will enhance good governance and deliver value to a large majority of Nigerians. However, this research discovered the crisis of development in Nigeria to be the absence of these socio eco-political virtues. Thus, a recommendation is made for the need to embrace these virtues in order to see our country come out of the doldrums of underdevelopment.
Keywords: good budgeting, good governance, transparency, accountability, discipline

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