The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability
AbstractThe concepts of transparency and accountability are closely linked: transparency is supposed to generate accountability. This article questions this widely held assumption. Transparency mobilises the power of shame, yet the shameless may not be vulnerable to public exposure. Truth often fails to lead to justice. After exploring different definitions and dimensions of the two ideas, the more relevant question turns out tobe: what kinds of transparency lead to what kinds of accountability, and under what conditions? The article concludes by proposing that the concept can be unpacked in terms of two distinct variants. Transparency can be either â€˜clearâ€™orâ€˜opaqueâ€™, while accountability can be eitherâ€˜softâ€™orâ€˜hardâ€™.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz in its series Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series with number qt8c25c3z4.
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2007
Date of revision:
Contact details of provider:
Web page: http://www.escholarship.org/repec/cgirs/
Globalization and Regulation; Social Movements;
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Konar, Shameek & Cohen, Mark A., 1997. "Information As Regulation: The Effect of Community Right to Know Laws on Toxic Emissions," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 109-124, January.
- Fox, Jonathan A, 2007. "Mexico's Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt34w393zn, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
- Mark Stephan, 2002. "Environmental Information Disclosure Programs: They Work, but Why?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 83(1), pages 190-205.
- Manishi Prasad & Peter Wahlqvist & Rich Shikiar & Ya-Chen Tina Shih, 2004. "A," PharmacoEconomics, Springer Healthcare | Adis, vol. 22(4), pages 225-244.
- repec:hal:wpaper:halshs-00922092 is not listed on IDEAS
- Lieberman, Evan S. & Posner, Daniel N. & Tsai, Lily L., 2014. "Does Information Lead to More Active Citizenship? Evidence from an Education Intervention in Rural Kenya," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 69-83.
- Fox, Jonathan A & GarcÃa JimÃ©nez, Carlos & Haight, Libby, 2009. "Rural Democratization in Mexicoâ€™s Deep South: Grassroots Right-to-Know Campaigns in Guerrero," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt3nv6s088, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
- Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky, 2014. "Social Accountability: Persuasion and Debate to Contain Corruption," PSE Working Papers halshs-00922092, HAL.
- Fox, Jonathan A & Haight, Libby, 2011. "Transparency Reforms: Theory and Practice," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt50q0m31z, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Lisa Schiff).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.