Open Government: Connecting Vision and Voice

International Review of Administrative Sciences, Volume 78, no. 1, p. 1-29.

Posted: 14 Dec 2017

See all articles by Deirdre Curtin

Deirdre Curtin

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance; European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Albert Meijer

University of Utrecht

Maarten Hillebrandt

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance; University of Amsterdam

Date Written: March 22, 2012

Abstract

The term open government is often used to describe initiatives of putting government information on the Internet. This conceptualization is too restricted since open government is not only about openness in informational terms (vision) but also about openness in interactive terms (voice). On the basis of an analysis of 103 articles, this article provides insight into the concepts of openness, transparency and participation, their interactions, and the manner in which they have been discussed in the literature. This analysis shows the differences and similarities between economic, political science and legal perspectives on open government and argues that a multidisciplinary approach needs to be taken. The authors conclude that open government is much too important to leave it to the ‘techies’: scientists and practitioners with backgrounds in law, economics, political science and public administration should also get involved to build sound connections between vision and voice that facilitate active citizenship.

Keywords: Open government, transparency, information, interactive, participation, active citizenship

Suggested Citation

Curtin, Deirdre M. and Curtin, Deirdre M. and Meijer, Albert and Hillebrandt, Maarten and Hillebrandt, Maarten, Open Government: Connecting Vision and Voice (March 22, 2012). International Review of Administrative Sciences, Volume 78, no. 1, p. 1-29., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2394053

Deirdre M. Curtin (Contact Author)

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Albert Meijer

University of Utrecht

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Maarten Hillebrandt

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance
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