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Case Study Kenya: Legislative Priorities and Executive Oversight

The realistic organizational approach includes instrumental, cultural, and environmental perspectives that formulate bureaucratized strategy. According to Onyango (2020), “legislative behaviors are largely informed by self-interests, where legislators and even the executive weigh their involvement in oversight against political or personal interests” (pg. 5). Polity features are socio-economic structures that influence both the administrative structure of positions and behaviorism dimensions of ethics in departments. Representation in the legislative branch allows private citizens to have their needs met through the political process. However, the executive branch oversight process can have its methods of persuasion to change the will of the people's representation to achieve their organizational policy goals. For instance, pro-reform elites rationalize and mobilize political support from the citizens toward participatory governance (Onyango, 2020).

The research study was justified because it used qualitative primary and secondary data. The primary data involved administrative unstructured questionaries to 45 randomly and purposively selected administrators. The secondary data was on the continuous documentary analysis of relevant survey studies, statutory reports, auditing, and media reports. The study was grounded in research because it used social relationships and behaviors of groups previously recorded by other researchers (Babbie, 2017). The problem of this study is original because it takes detailed data from the 14 departments in Migori and Kisumu in Kenya. The Kenya government research study discusses the democratic governance process between the branches and the influences that have been discussed on the study group's department positions. In the findings discussed by Onyango (2020), “the institutional gaps were attributed to poor understanding of devolved structures and how these structures relate to county administrators and legislatures” (pg. 7). The original problem shows the legislative activities and political administrative reforms are products of political contests as legislative tools and reform designs are heavily relied on political logics (Onyango, 2020). The Kenya legislative government is a largely top-down rule of law and denies local legislative and administrative institutions capacities to order local change in their governance (Onyango, 2020). The author proposes a justified point of view that in the face of a crisis there is an opportunity for reforms, subsequent bureaucratization, and rationalization efforts that match the concerns of the problem. The responsiveness of legislative branch officials is critical even with the executive oversight agenda looming because representatives need to act on citizens' concerns (Walden University Office of Research and Doctoral Services, 2015).


Babbie, E. (2017). Basics of social research (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Onyango, G. (2020). Legislative oversight and policy-reforms in “unsettled” political contexts of public administration. International Journal of Public Administration, 43(3). 213-228.

Walden University Office of Research and Doctoral Services. (2015). Litmus Test for a Doctoral-level research problem.

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