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Оценка результативности и намеренное искажение данных на региональном и муниципальном уровнях власти

The problem of credibility of performance information is understudied in the public administra￾tion literature. Only a few scholarly articles examine the issue of (dis)honest performance reporting. Despite the widespread acceptance of the importance of public sector transparency and accountabil￾ity, little attention has been devoted to examining the factors that promote or undermine honest per￾formance reporting in government agencies. This article presents the results of a survey of 177 Rus￾sian municipalities who were asked to rate the credibility of 35 performance indicators used by re￾gional government to evaluate performance of local authorities. The survey demonstrates that some indicators are trusted significantly less than others. The following statistical analysis shows that least trusted indicators exhibit a pecu-liar dynamics that Kalgin (2014) describes as “prudent data manipu￾lation”. Theoretical explanations of this are presented based on different theories of bureaucracy. The article was prepared within the framework of the Academic Fund Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2014–2015 (grant № 14-05-0009) and supported within the framework of a subsidy granted to the HSE by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.