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    Assessing government transparency: an interpretive framework

    Meijer, A. and 't Hart, P. and Worthy, Benjamin (2015) Assessing government transparency: an interpretive framework. Administration & Society 50 (4), pp. 501-526. ISSN 0095-3997.

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    Abstract

    How can we evaluate government transparency arrangements? While the complexity and contextuality of the values at stake defy straightforward measurement, this article provides an interpretative framework to guide and structure assessments of government transparency. In this framework, we discern criteria clusters for political transparency—democracy, the constitutional state, and social learning capacity—and for administrative transparency—economy/efficiency, integrity, and resilience. The framework provides a structured “helicopter view” of the dimensions that are relevant for a contextual assessment of transparency. An illustrative case discussion of the introduction of Freedom of Information (FOI) in the United Kingdom demonstrates its utility.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Transparency, FOI, information
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 15:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:19
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13372

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