Research on Open Data and Transparency

ESF Workshop Bibliography


Heald, David. (2012) ‘Why is transparency about public expenditure so elusive?’ International Review of Administrative Sciences 78.1 (2012): 30-49. (see also his discussion of transparency as an intrinsic value from 2006 here).

Meijer, A. (2013). Understanding the complex dynamics of transparency. Public Administration Review, 73(3), 429-439

Meijer, A. J., Curtin, D., & Hillebrandt, M. (2012). Open government: connecting vision and voice. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 78(1), 10-29.

Bannister, F., & Connolly, R. (2011). The Trouble with Transparency: A Critical Review of Openness in e‐Government. Policy & Internet, 3(1), 1-30.

Yu, Harlan and Robinson, David G., The New Ambiguity of ‘Open Government’ (February 28, 2012). 59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 178 (2012). Available at SSRN: or

Roberts, Alasdair S., Transparency in Troubled Times (October 23, 2012). Tenth World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute, November 2012; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper 12-35. Available at SSRN:

Empirical Work


Hillebrandt, Maarten Zbigniew and Curtin, Deirdre and Meijer, Albert, Transparency in the Council of Ministers of the EU: An Institutional Approach (October 25, 2012). European Law Journal, forthcoming (2013, vol. 19, issue 5. Available at SSRN: or


 McDonagh, Maeve, Access to Local Government Information in Ireland: Attitudes of Decision-Makers (July 1, 2010). Open Government: A Journal on Freedom of Information, 6 (6):1-20, (2010) . Available at SSRN:

FOI users

Price, S (2003) The Official Information Act 1982: A Window on Government or Curtains Drawn?

Roberts, Alasdair S., Preliminary Analysis of Data Relating to the Processing of Freedom of Information Act Requests Received by the UK Ministry of Defence (May 10, 2009). Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 09-27. Available at SSRN: or

MPs’ expenses (and behavioural impact of information)

Pattie, C., & Johnston, R. (2012). The electoral impact of the UK 2009 MPs’ expenses scandal. Political Studies, 60(4), 730-750.

Vivyan, N., Wagner, M., & Tarlov, J. (2012). Representative misconduct, voter perceptions and accountability: Evidence from the 2009 House of Commons expenses scandal. Electoral studies, 31(4), 750-763.


Raag/CES (2014) Peoples’ Monitoring of the RTI Regime in India 2011-13

Right to Information Assessment and Analysis Group and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (Raag/NCPRI) (2009) Safeguarding the Right to Information – Report of the People’s RTI Assessment 2008. New Delhi: NCPRI (this is the huge study of Indian RTI)

Roberts, Alasdair S., A Great and Revolutionary Law? The First Four Years of India’s Right to Information Act (March 12, 2010). Public Administration Review, Vol, 70, No.6, November/December 2010; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 10-02. Available at SSRN:

Banerjee, A., Kumar, S., Pande, R. and Su, F. (2010). ‘Do informed voters make better choices? Experimental evidence from urban India’. Unpublished manuscript.

Webb, Martin. 2013. Disciplining the everyday state and society? Anti-corruption and Right to Information activism in Delhi. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 47(3), pp. 363-393. ISSN 0069-9667


de Fine Licht, J., Naurin, D., Esaiasson, P., & Gilljam, M. (2011). Does transparency generate legitimacy? An experimental study of procedure acceptance of open-and closed-door decision-making. QoG Working Paper Series, 2011(8), 8.

de Fine Licht, J. Magic Wand or Pandora’s Box? (PhD) 

Grimmelikhuijsen, S. G., & Meijer, A. J. (2014). Effects of transparency on the perceived trustworthiness of a government organization: Evidence from an online experiment. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,24(1), 137-157.

Peisakhin, Leonid V. and Pinto, Paul, Is Transparency an Effective Anti-Corruption Strategy? Evidence from a Field Experiment in India (September 23, 2010). Regulation & Governance, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 261-280, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Other Analysis

Wider work on openness/participation

Work on e-petitions using idea of ‘chaos’

Hale, S. A., Margetts, H., & Yasseri, T. (2013, May). Petition growth and success rates on the UK No. 10 Downing Street website. In Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference (pp. 132-138). ACM

Hale, S., Margetts, H., & Yasseri, T. (2013). Paper to the Annual Conference of the UK Political Studies Association Cardiff Wales 25-27 March, 2013.

Wikileaks, Leaks and Technology

Roberts, Alasdair S., WikiLeaks: The Illusion of Transparency (June 2, 2011). International Review of Administrative Sciences, 2012; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 11-19. Available at SSRN: or

Pozen, David, The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information (October 30, 2013). Harvard Law Review, Forthcoming; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 13-341. Available at SSRN:

Levine, David S., The Social Layer of Freedom of Information Law (February 29, 2012). North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 101, 2012. Available at SSRN:

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