Open Access Article SciPap-1564
Transparency in Local Government in Vietnam
by Nguyen Trong Binh 1,* iD icon and Nguyen Quang Giai 2

1 Academy of Politics Region IV, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, No. 6 Nguyen Van Cu (extended), An Binh ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho city, Vietnam, Can Tho City 94000, Viet Nam

2 , Thu Dau Mot University, Thu Dau Mot City, Can Tho City 90000, Viet Nam

* Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Abstract: While it is only one of the features of good local governance, the transparency of local government promotes citizen participation, enhances accountability, enforces the rule of law, social justice association and control corruption. Therefore, institutional reform to enhance the transparency of local government is one of the important issues that Vietnam has attached great importance to in recent years. Based on a theoretical framework and data from the Provincial Public Administration and Governance Performance Index (PAPI), this paper analyzes the transparency of local government in Vietnam from 2011 to present. Research results show that although the transparency of local government in Vietnam has improved, it still does not meet the requirements. Although the construction and improvement of legal institutions to improve the transparency of local governments has been highly valued, the effectiveness of the implementation of legal institutions in this area is still not high. Local government transparency is tied to citizen participation and government accountability, but not to other aspects, such as public administrative procedures, quality of public services and control corruption.

Keywords: Transparency, Local Government, Good Governance, Open Government, Papi, Vietnam.

JEL classification:   H76 - State and Local Government: Other Expenditure Categories

SciPap 2022, 30(2), 1564;

Received: 12 June 2022 / Revised: 13 September 2022 / Accepted: 16 September 2022 / Published: 28 September 2022