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OECD Working Papers on Public Governance

Selected studies on public governance policy prepared for use within the OECD. These papers address such issues as pensions, ageing, management, pay and decentralistion in the public sector.

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The role of Ombudsman Institutions in Open Government

Ombudsman institutions (OIs) act as the guardians of citizens’ rights and as a mediator between citizens and the public administration. While the very existence of such institutions is rooted in the notion of open government, the role they can play in promoting openness throughout the public administration has not been adequately recognized or exploited. Based on a survey of 94 OIs, this report examines the role they play in open government policies and practices. It also provides recommendations on how, given their privileged contact with both people and governments, OIs can better promote transparency, integrity, accountability, and stakeholder participation; how their role in national open government strategies and initiatives can be strengthened; and how they can be at the heart of a truly open state.

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Keywords: open government, open state, accountability, ombudsman, access to information, participation
JEL: H7: Public Economics / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations; H83: Public Economics / Miscellaneous Issues / Public Administration; Public Sector Accounting and Audits; K38: Law and Economics / Other Substantive Areas of Law / Human Rights Law; Gender Law; H4: Public Economics / Publicly Provided Goods
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