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Are we heading towards more open government?

This first issue of the new IDS Bulletin – which has just relaunched as an Open Access publication – brings together research on recent contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance. They also discuss weaknesses that limit the effectiveness and impact of these contributions.

The articles – by researchers and practitioners – approach contemporary challenges of achieving transparency, accountability and openness from a wide range of subject positions and professional and disciplinary angles. Together the editors hope to give a sense of what has changed in this fast-moving field, and what has not. 

The whole issue is freely available online to all users and can be accessed from the IDS website here... 

Alternatively you can browse the articles below.

Opening governance – change, continuity and conceptual ambiguity
D. Edwards; R. McGee / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
This article reviews recent scholarship in open government and open data pinpointing contributions to more open, transparent, accountable and responsive governance via improved practice, projects and programmes. This is an introd...
When does ICT-enabled citizen voice lead to government responsiveness?
T. Peixoto / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
This article reviews evidence on the use of 23 information and communications technology (ICT) platforms to project citizen voice to improve public service delivery. This meta-analysis focuses on empirical studies of initiatives in th...
ICTs help citizens voice concerns over water – or do they?
K. Welle / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are widely seen as a new avenue for citizens to hold service providers and government to account. But if citizens live in rural Africa, Asia or Latin America, are they able and willin...
When does the state listen?
M. Loureiro / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
In this article, we look at four cases of key historical policies in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania to examine how states engage with citizen voices. The policies all took place in contexts of political change and major junct...
‘You Have to Raise a Fist!’: Seeing and speaking to the state in South Africa
E. Mills / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
Since joining the Open Governance Partnership in 2011, South Africa has been committed to addressing the 'grand challenge' of open governance through improving public services, creating safer communities and increasing accountability....
The right of access to information: exploring gender inequities
L. Neuman / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
The right of access to information is a fundamental and universal right, necessary for economic empowerment and the fulfilment of other rights. However, the recent study discussed in this article demonstrates that women are not able t...
Men and women of words: how words divide and connect the Bunge La Mwananchi Movement in Kenya
N. Kabala / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
How does a movement for social justice, whose members are mainly drawn from the lower economic strata of society, build and sustain its power in the face of co-option, and social and geographical division? Members of the Bunge La Mwan...
Test it and they might come: Improving the uptake of digital tools in transparency and accountability initiatives
C. Wilson / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) and data play an increasingly visible role in transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs). There has been little research on how the selection of ICT tools influences the succe...
The dark side of digital politics: algorithmic manufacturing of consent and the hindering of online dissidence
E. Treré / Institute of Development Studies UK 2016
Various strands of literature on civic engagement, 'big data' and open government view digital technologies as the key to easier government accountability and citizens' empowerment, and the solution to many of the problems of contempo...

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