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Open Government

Opportunities and Challenges for Public Governance

  • Mila Gascó-Hernández
  • Provides insightful analysis about those factors that are critical when designing, implementing and evaluating open government initiatives

  • Discusses how contextual factors affect open government initiatives’ success or failure

  • Explores the existence of theoretical models of open government Proposes strategies to move forward and to address future challenges in an international context


Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Evika Karamagioli, Eleni-Revekka Staiou, Dimitris Gouscos
    Pages 37-50
  3. Mentxu Ramilo Araujo, Alberto Ortiz de Zárate Tercero, Iñaki Ortiz Sánchez, Venan Llona Parriel
    Pages 51-63
  4. Albert Meijer, Josta de Hoog, Mark van Twist, Martijn van der Steen, Jorren Scherpenisse
    Pages 101-114
  5. Isabell Egger-Peitler, Tobias Polzer
    Pages 137-154
  6. Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Ezra Dessers, Joep Crompvoets, Danny Vandenbroucke
    Pages 155-169
  7. Gianluca Misuraca, Francesco Mureddu, David Osimo
    Pages 171-188
  8. Jörn von Lucke, Katharina Große
    Pages 189-204
  9. Marc Garriga-Portolà, Júlia López-Ventura
    Pages 205-216

About this book


On January 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The memorandum declares the new Administration’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government and establishing a system linking three principles: transparency, public participation and collaboration. Since then, federal agencies in the United States and public administrations around the world have embarked on open government initiatives and have worked to redefine their relationship with citizens and with each other. On September 20th, 2011, eight governments gathered in New York City to launch the Open Government Partnership, a new multilateral initiative to promote open government. The benefits attributed to open government are many and by no means universally shared. They include the claims that open government leads to more effective decision making and services, safeguards against corruption, enables public scrutiny, and promotes citizens’ trust in government. However, the speed of events and pressure to implement has given rise to confusion and ambiguity. Although many of the initiatives have been based on opening data and on promoting open action, governments have followed different directions and interpretations when it has come to implement them and development of open government has become unequal and heterogeneous. This book provides a comprehensive study of recent major developments of open government around the world, and analyzes the importance of open government efforts for public governance, making it of interest to academics and practitioners worldwide.


E-Democracy E-Government Freedom of information legislation Governance Open government Open source governance

Editors and affiliations

  • Mila Gascó-Hernández
    • 1
  1. 1.BarcelonaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Open Government
  • Book Subtitle Opportunities and Challenges for Public Governance
  • Editors Mila Gascó-Hernández
  • Series Title Public Administration and Information Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Public Administration, Information Tech.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-9562-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-5426-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-9563-5
  • Series ISSN 2512-1812
  • Series E-ISSN 2512-1839
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Administration
    Political Science
    Comparative Politics
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