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Public sector participation and compliance across national and global transparency regimes


Eccleston, R and Stubbs, R, Public sector participation and compliance across national and global transparency regimes, International Journal of Public Administration, 39, (10) pp. 758-770. ISSN 0190-0692 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01900692.2015.1034322


Transparency has recently become a widely supported norm of information regulation within and among states. Transparency may be a widely accepted element of good governance, but it has a number of dimensions and manifestations. This article is among the first to examine the relationship between public sector transparency at the domestic and global levels. While the extant literature suggests that we should expect a strong relationship between the degree of a jurisdiction’s domestic and global commitments to public sector transparency, our sample of the 33 jurisdictions for which data are available finds no such correlation. The article develops an explanation of this unexpected finding, which highlights the varied incentives to implement transparency-promoting reforms that different jurisdictions experience. This analysis suggests that many developing countries engage in marginal participation across regimes. More concerning are possible cases of mock compliance where states participate in transparency regimes without the intention of fully implementing their commitments. Mock compliance is of particular concern in the sphere of global governance in which sovereignty is contested and compliance mechanisms face unique challenges.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:compliance, FOI, global governance, transparency
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eccleston, R (Professor Richard Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Stubbs, R (Mr Rhys Stubbs)
ID Code:106114
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP130104088)
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-29
Last Modified:2017-07-24

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