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Democratic Transparency - Analysing Hamburg's Transparency Initiative

Foerster, Robert (2019) Democratic Transparency - Analysing Hamburg's Transparency Initiative.

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Abstract:The loss of confidence in political institutions and the desire of civil society for more transparency and participation are increasingly pressing governments and administration to take action. Transparency initiatives often vary from freedom of information legislation to the implementation of open data portals. The example of Hamburg’s Transparency Act and implementation of the Transparency Portal, however, is considered to be a pioneer example and a role model for other states in Germany. In order to understand to which extent Hamburg's case could serve as a prototypical example for achieving extensive democratic transparency, the Transparency Act, the Transparency Portal and the interview statements of two local players from Hamburg were analysed and discussed. The analytical framework used for the analysis based on qualification criteria for democratic transparency. The findings of the qualitative case study indicate that Hamburg’s approach can be described prototypical with potential positive effects not only for civil society but also for the administration itself who has been identified as a key user group of the implemented portal. However, the research also revealed a variety of shortcomings such as the problematic up-to-dateness of provided information that could obstruct projects initiated by civil society groups.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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