Opening Government

Opening Government

Transparency and Engagement in the Information Age

Edited by: John Wanna orcid, Sam Vincent

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Transparency and citizen engagement remain essential to good government and sound public policy. Indeed, they may well be the key to restoring trust in government itself, currently at an all-time low in Australia. It is ironic, then, that this has occurred at a time when the technological potential for information dissemination and interaction has never been greater.

Opening Government: Transparency and Engagement in the Information Age explores new horizons and scenarios for better governance in the context of the new information age, focusing on the potentials and pitfalls for governments (and governance more broadly) operating in the new, information-rich environment. Its contributors, a range of international and Australian governance academics and practitioners, ask what are the challenges to our governing traditions and practices in the new information age, and where can better outcomes be expected using future technologies. They explore the fundamental ambiguities extant in opening up government, with governments intending to become far more transparent in providing information and in information sharing, but also more motivated to engage with other data sources, data systems and social technologies.


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Apr 2018
ANU Press
Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration

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  1. Opening government: Transparency and engagement in the information age (PDF, 0.2MB)John Wanna doi

Part 1: Governing in the information age towards better accountability

  1. Shaping democratic outcomes in the information age (PDF, 0.1MB)Paula Bennett doi
  2. Government as a platform (PDF, 0.1MB)David Bartlett doi
  3. Are we there yet? Government online: Lessons from New Zealand (PDF, 0.1MB)Colin MacDonald doi
  4. Trans-Tasman perspectives on transparency in decision-making: A view from Australia (PDF, 0.1MB)Anne Tiernan doi
  5. Trans-Tasman perspectives on transparency in decision-making: A view from New Zealand (PDF, 0.1MB)Oliver Hartwich doi
  6. Did community consultation cruel climate change? (PDF, 0.1MB)Ron Ben-David doi

Part 2: Building trust through civic engagement

  1. Transparency, trust and public value (PDF, 0.3MB)E. Allan Lind doi
  2. More than just a five-minute conversation: A case study in civic engagement from Germany (PDF, 0.1MB)Dominik Hierlemann doi
  3. We hear you! Case studies in authentic civic engagement from the City of Melbourne (PDF, 0.1MB)Stephen Mayne doi
  4. Innovation and empowerment in Finland: How citizens and technology are reshaping government through crowdsourcing (PDF, 0.1MB)Tanja Aitamurto doi

Part 3: Transparency and data management

  1. Harnessing big data: A tsunami of transformation (PDF, 0.1MB)Philip Evans doi
  2. Government online: Are we there yet? (PDF, 0.1MB)Tamati Shepherd doi
  3. Realising the potential of big data (PDF, 0.1MB)Marie Johnson doi
  4. Digital strangers, digital natives: Challenging the norm to create Change@SouthAustralia (PDF, 0.1MB)Erma Ranieri doi

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