Encouraging Private Sector Transparency: Policies to Support Disclosure of Product Data in North America

  • Holly JarmanEmail author
  • Luis F. Luna-Reyes
  • Theresa A. Pardo
Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 26)


Our concluding chapter draws on the concepts and theories discussed in the book, particularly the concept of governance, collaboration, and the role of trust. The chapter focuses on the practicalities of information disclosure. It asks: how must this process be governed? A definition of governance as the process of steering a society toward a set of predefined goals is introduced. It discusses the benefits and difficulties of creating collaborative governance in the context of our project. The chapter presents our findings regarding governance from the I-Choose project. It evaluates existing experiments in collaborative governance that aim to extract public value from data disclosure, drawing on several examples from multiple countries, including the I-Choose project. We find that information disclosure alone is not enough to enhance the public sphere. It must be supported by innovative governance mechanisms that address classic problems such as establishing independence among producing and regulating organizations and creating procedural transparency.


I-Choose Data disclosure Consumer choice Governance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly Jarman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luis F. Luna-Reyes
    • 2
  • Theresa A. Pardo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Management and PolicySchool of Public Health, University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of InformaticsUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  3. 3.Center for Technology in GovernmentUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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