The Power of Partnership in Open Government
Reconsidering Multistakeholder Governance Reform
304 pp., 6 x 9 in, 6 b&w illus.
- Published: December 6, 2022
What the Open Government Partnership tells us about how international initiatives can and do shape domestic public sector reform.
At the 2011 meeting of the UN General Assembly, the governments of eight nations—Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States—launched the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative aimed at promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. At the time, many were concerned that the Open Government Partnership would end up toothless, offering only lip service to vague ideals and misguided cyber-optimism. The Power of Partnership in Open Government offers a close look, and a surprising affirmation, of the Open Government Partnership as an example of a successful transnational multistakeholder initiative that has indeed impacted policy and helped to produce progressive reform.
By 2019 the Open Government Partnership had grown to 78 member countries and 20 subnational governments. Through a variety of methods—document analysis, interviews, process tracing, and quantitative analysis of secondary data—Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Daniel Berliner, and Alex Ingrams chart the Open Government Partnership's effectiveness and evaluate what this reveals about the potential of international reform initiatives in general. Their work calls upon scholars and policymakers to reconsider the role of international institutions and, in doing so, to differentiate between direct and indirect pathways to transnational impact on domestic policy. The more nuanced and complex processes of the indirect pathway, they suggest, have considerable but often overlooked potential to shape policy norms and models, alter resources and opportunities, and forge new linkages and coalitions—in short, to drive the substantial changes that inspire initiatives like the Open Government Partnership.
This book will be available in an open access format to coincide with the print publication date.
“Acknowledging the Open Government Partnership's limited direct impacts, this thoughtful book makes a hopeful case for the initiative's indirect effects on global transparency norms.”
Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
“A sophisticated assessment of the Open Government Partnership, showing how it has bolstered ties among reformers and norms about openness. The argument has implications in many other domains, and the writing itself is a model of transparency.”
Alasdair Roberts, University of Massachusetts Amherst; author of Blacked Out
“Through careful empirical work and insightful theorizing on flexible participatory arrangements and transparency in governance, this book makes a critical contribution to understanding the under-the-radar effects of international reforms."
Donald Moynihan, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University