Transparency, Public Policy and the Provision of Public Services
An in-depth discussion of the role transparency plays in the design of public policy making and the provision of public services.
This paper deals with evaluating the role of transparency in strengthening public service provision and in designing effective public policies. Different theories and practices of transparency in government and other actors in society vis-a-vis the public are discussed thoroughly. The paper also examines the view that there are some cases where transparency may be best, some cases where it may not be the best way, or may need to be greater, and this is achieved by drawing, comprehensively, on literature and data in the developed and developing world alike.
“In designing policies, the sensitivity to motivational complexity, Goodin’s third principle, has to be considered. There are a number of impulses that drive the motives of social actors. Some of these are self-seeking impulses that tend to exist alongside principled and altruistic motives. His final principle, variability, is seen as a central principle of design. He suggests that experiments be undertaken with different structures in different places. There should also be a willingness to use the concept of lesson drawing where appropriate -learn from others’ successes and failures. ”