Assessing The Effects of Transparency Laws on Different Political Actors

Transparency is a cornerstone of democratic governance because it allows the public to monitor governmental activity and see which private interests influence the state. Governments worldwide take strides in developing regulations to ensure transparency in governance, as have intergovernmental organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Union (EU), the World Bank, and the Council of Europe. Having more transparency policies developed means that citizens are more likely to have increased knowledge and trust in governments claiming to be ‘transparent'.

The aim that guides this project includes the development of a public policy-oriented approach to the study of transparency through the policy evaluation of the effects of different transparency laws on the behaviour and attitudes of different political actors.

To this end, we first surveyed 300 politically active interest groups in Ireland to explore the effects of transparency on the lobbying profession.

Secondly, we collected data on the way journalists use transparency portals thus acting as mediators of transparency.

Finally, we conducted a survey experiment on a nationally-representative sample of 1,800 participants (Republic of Ireland) to explore the effects of transparency on political trust and perceived corruption. 

Our outputs so far (more to come soon):

The Effects of Political Transparency on Political Trust and Perceived Corruption: Evidence from a Survey Experiment.

The project is supported by the Irish Research Council (GOIPD/2018/52)

Project team:

Michele Crepaz, VC's Illuminate Fellow, Queen's University Belfast

Gizem Arikan, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Other Collaborators:

Raj Chari, Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Liam Kneafsey, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin