Chris Eccles: does open government make for good government?


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The concepts and principles of open government are profound in terms of their implications and execution, and are fundamental to Australia’s conception of good government, argues Victorian DPC’s Chris Eccles.

There is a growing global consensus about the importance of open government and a lot is happening in its name.

So what do we mean by open government?

The definition offered by the World Justice Project is a good starting point. They suggest that ‘open government’ is:

“government that shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the government accountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations”.

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