Government Transparency in Historical Perspective: From the Ancient Regime to Open Data in The Netherlands

  title={Government Transparency in Historical Perspective: From the Ancient Regime to Open Data in The Netherlands},
  author={Albert Jacob Meijer},
  journal={International Journal of Public Administration},
  pages={189 - 199}
  • A. Meijer
  • Published 28 January 2015
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Public Administration
This article presents an analysis of the history of government transparency over the past 250 years. While this analysis is to a certain extent specific to The Netherlands, the analysis will also identify more general patterns that are arguably relevant to the development of transparency in other Western countries. The overview highlights how, when, and why transparency was conceived as a cornerstone of representative democracy to allow the people to monitor their representatives and evolved… 

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