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Agenda for pioneering Open Government: A Common Weal contribution to the Open Government Programme (2016)

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This paper is organised into three sections. Transparency is taken to mean the extent to which the public can find out information about what is being done in the public realm and with public finances. Accountability is taken to mean the ability of citizens to know how those who enact public policy have gone about it, that they should be able to assess whether democratic power has been wielded effectively and in the public interest, that decision-makers can be made to take responsibility for their actions and that in the event of bad practice there can be consequences. And Participation is taken to mean the ability of citizens not only to observe and respond more fully to what is being done in their name but actively to influence, shape and become involved in the 'doing'.

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