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Participation, Transparency and Accountability: Innovations in South Korea, Brazil, and the Philippines
  • Brian Wampler, Boise State University
Citizen participation in budgetary and other fiscal processes has been expanding at international, national, and local levels over the past 15 years. The direct participation of citizens, it is hoped, will improve governance, limit misuse of public funds, and produce more informed, engaged citizens. At the national level, reformist governments now encourage the direct engagement of citizens during multiple moments of the policy cycle—from initial policy formulation to the oversight of policy implementation. Reformist governments hope to take advantage of increased citizen participation to increase their legitimacy, thus allowing them to change spending and policy priorities, increase state effectiveness by make public bureaucrats more responsive to citizens and elected officials, and, finally, ensure that the quality of public services improves. During the 1980s and 1990s, many subnational governments took advantage of policy decentralization to experiment with new institutional types. Direct citizen participation has been most robust at subnational levels due to the decreased costs and the greater direct impact of citizens on policymaking.
  • participation,
  • transparency,
  • accountability,
  • South Korea,
  • Brazil,
  • Philippines
Publication Date
December, 2013
Citation Information
Brian Wampler. "Participation, Transparency and Accountability: Innovations in South Korea, Brazil, and the Philippines" (2013)
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