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This article aims to explore factors determining the likelihood that local governments win Good Governance Award, conferred annually by the National Decentralization Committee. Data from 219 local governments running for the award in Fiscal Year 2016 were compiled and analyzed by logistical regression analyses. The findings show that local contexts and institutional factors do not have significant impacts on the chance of qualifying for the finalists and on the award winning. Indeed, critical factors incorporate local governments’ efforts in mobilizing civic participation and partnerships, employing professional public management techniques, and embarking innovative local development practices. This research suggests that city administrators pay close attention to building local management capacities in handling with communal issues.
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