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Open Government

Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society

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This book examines how to build robust legal, institutional and policy frameworks for access to information, consultation and public participation in policy-making. It focuses on lessons from experience from both OECD member and non-member countries in seeking to apply the principles of good governance in practice and to build effective partnerships between government, citizens and civil society organizations. The book presents the papers discussed during the "International Roundtable on Building Open Government in South East Europe: Information, Consultation and Public Participation" held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 23-24 May 2002. The International Roundtable was organised by the OECD in collaboration with the Government of Slovenia, the World Bank Institute and the Open Society Institute. It gathered close to one hundred participants from 28 countries among both OECD member countries and those of South East Europe, with equal numbers of practitioners from government and from civil society.

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The State of Open Government

This section provides an overview of the key issues involved in building open government today: ensuring transparency, accountability and openness; widening opportunities for citizen input into public policy-making; and building partnerships between government, citizens and civil society organisations. Recent OECD work on engaging citizens and civil society in policy-making is introduced, and the perspectives of each of the co-organisers of the International Roundtable provided. The frank and lively exchange of views aired during the panel discussion among government and civil society practitioners from OECD member and non-member countries is reported. Finally, the section concludes with a general assessment of participants’ views on the challenges of building open government and an overview of the Tools Fair...

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