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Transparency Reforms: Theory and Practice

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  • Fox, Jonathan A
  • Haight, Libby

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The experience of Mexico’s 2002 transparency reform sheds light on the challenge of translating the promise of legal reform into more open government in practice. An innovative new agency that serves as an interface between citizens and the executive branch of government has demonstrated an uneven but significant capacity to encourage institutional responsiveness. A ‘‘culture of transparency’’ is emerging in both state and society, although the contribution of Mexico’s transparency discourse and law to public accountability remains uncertain and contested.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:glinre:qt50q0m31z
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    1. Fox, Jonathan A, 2001. "Vertically Integrated Policy Monitoring: A Tool for Civil Society Policy Advocacy," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt07s6x64j, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    2. Fox, Jonathan A, 2007. "The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt8c25c3z4, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    3. Fox, Jonathan A & Haight, Libby, 2010. "Transparency Reforms: Theory and Practice," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt7nf8b01r, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    4. Fox, Jonathan A & García Jiménez, Carlos & Haight, Libby, 2009. "Rural Democratization in Mexico’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.
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