The Principle of Substantial Transparency of Public Finance and the Creation of the Active Citizenship
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AbstractThis article endeavours to analyse what impact of substantial transparency of public finance (i.e. a reliable means of providing information on state sector finances) has on shaping active citizenship in society. The aim is based on critical question on how the public authority should inform citizens on the process of collecting and spending public sector income; moreover, the complicated nature of public finances and varying educational backgrounds of recipients who form the society need to be considered.
The authors claim that principle of substantial transparency of public finance (i.e. informing citizens on public funding) has been inadequately implemented and it might be incomprehensible from the social addressee’s perspective. Currently in Poland this principle is primarily focused on a rather professional level, although its social aspect is not ignored by the doctrine either. The authors believe that reporting on the state finances should be adjusted to the educational level of the audience as they are the principals of public authority.
This paper constitutes a part of the extensive research initiated by the authors, which examines the role of moral values in distributing public resources by the authorities. Non-reactive (non-empirical) research methods have been utilised in the paper, which encompass a literature review, including legal acts currently in force in Poland.
Joanna M. Salachna: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcin Tyniewicki: email@example.com
Joanna M. Salachna, Professor of Financial Law, Department of Public Finance and Financial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok, Poland. The author specializes in local government finance, financial legislation and theory of legal and financial accountability. The author is the member of the Regional Chamber of Account in Bialystok and the Center for Information and Research Organization in Public Finance and Tax Law of Central and Eastern Europe.
Marcin Tyniewicki, Doctor of Financial Law, Department of Public Finance and Financial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok, Poland. The author specializes in local government finance, EU public finance and public debt management. The author is the member of the Regional Chamber of Account in Bialystok and the Center for Information and Research Organization in Public Finance and Tax Law of Central and Eastern Europe.
Joanna M. Salachna - Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok
Marcin Tyniewicki - Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok
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