Mediating Role of Professionalism in Explaining the Association between Accountability and Participatory Governance

  • Kyujin Jung University of North Texas, College of Public Affairs and Community Services, Department of Public Administration, 1155 Union Circle, #310617 Denton.
  • Simon A. Andrew University of North Texas, College of Public Affairs and Community Services, Department of Public Administration, 1155 Union Circle, #310617 Denton, Texas.
  • Myungjung Kwon California State University, Fullerton, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice, 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92834-6848.
Keywords: Accountability, Professionalism, Participatory Governance, South Korea

Abstract

While the current literature has focused on the various forms of accountability, the mediating role of professionalism in explaining the association between accountability and participatory governance has remained largely unexplored. This study aims to identify the critical role of professionalism by examining how public administrators and citizens perceived and dealt with conflicting accountability pressures in participatory governance. Through structural equation models with the Local Community Center Survey, the results show that from the citizen perspective, the perceived professionalism mediates the positive association between the level of procedural, performance, and political accountability and participatory governance.

Author Biographies

Kyujin Jung, University of North Texas, College of Public Affairs and Community Services, Department of Public Administration, 1155 Union Circle, #310617 Denton.
Department of Public Administration
Simon A. Andrew, University of North Texas, College of Public Affairs and Community Services, Department of Public Administration, 1155 Union Circle, #310617 Denton, Texas.
Department of Public Administration
Myungjung Kwon, California State University, Fullerton, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice, 800 N. State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92834-6848.
Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice
Published
2014-10-06
Section
Articles