Authors : Ismail S. Iriqat and Khaireya R. Yahya
Abstract: The purpose of the study is to investigate the status of applying governance in Palestinian local authorities through applying the standards of governance represented in transparency, accountability, participation, justice, equity, strategic vision, integrity, responsiveness and the rule of law; due to its importance in developing the performance of municipalities and villages counsels. Thus, developing the provided services in general, the study adopted the descriptive empirical approach by administrating a questionnaire on a sample of employees from Palestinian local authorities/Northern governorates in West bank, totaling 99 questionnaires. The findings of the study showed that the implementation of governance standards in the Palestinian local authorities is moderate to weak as follows: strengthening the rule of law 68.89%, participation 56.02%, accountability 62.15%, transparency 57.10%, justice and equality 60.27%, neutrality/response 61.62%, strategic vision 50.98%, the percentage of males employed in the Palestinian local bodies is higher than females, the percentage of those who hold a Bachelors degree is higher, the higher percentage of employees are of middle age between 40-55 and in light of the results the study recommended the need to strengthen the role of supervisory bodies and more effort supervising the performance of local authorities, whether internal or external training the employees of local authorities on the need to implement the principles of governance and the dangers of mediation which have become white corruption in Palestinian society as a crime punishable by law in addition to increasing the proportion of females in local bodies, by giving them a certain percentage if employment as a kind of equality.
Ismail S. Iriqat and Khaireya R. Yahya, 2019. Measuring the Status of Governance in Local Palestinian Authorities. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 14: 226-234.