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Information brokers and the use of budgetary and financial information by politicians: the case of Portugal

Susana Jorge (), Maria Antónia Jorge de Jesus and Sónia Silva Nogueira ()

Public Money & Management, 2016, vol. 36, issue 7, 515-520

Abstract: This paper analyses the intermediary role of the technical bodies that support the use of budgetary and financial information by central government politicians in Portugal. The main findings show that information brokers are playing a central role in preparing this information in a credible, simple and understandable way. However, even if not intentionally, the information they present can be biased. Politicians need to be aware that the information brokers they rely on may not be giving them ‘neutral’ information.

Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1237152

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