Open government in authoritarian regimes

Karl O'Connor, Colin Knox, Saltanat Janenova

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Abstract

Open government has long been regarded as a pareto-efficient policy – after all, who could be against such compelling policy objectives as transparency, accountability, citizen engagement and integrity. This paper addresses why an authoritarian state would adopt a policy of open government, which seems counter-intuitive, and tracks its outworking by examining several facets of the policy in practice. The research uncovers evidence of insidious bureaucratic obstruction and an implementation deficit counter-posed with an outward-facing political agenda to gain international respectability. The result is ‘half-open’ government in which the more benign elements have been adopted but the vested interests of government and business elites remain largely unaffected.
LanguageEnglish
Pages65-82
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Public Policy
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Open Government
  • Central Asia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Matland
  • implementation
  • authoritarian
  • public administration
  • bureaucracy

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O'Connor, Karl ; Knox, Colin ; Janenova, Saltanat. / Open government in authoritarian regimes. 2019 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 65-82.
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