Look Who's Talking: Assessing Civic Voice and Interaction in OGP Commitments

  • Christopher Wilson Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo
Keywords: OGP, open government, civic voice, interaction, accountability

Abstract

This article argues that meaningful citizen-state interaction is a core component of the OGP mandate and theory of change. Assessing the frequency and quality of such activities in countries' national action plans can indicate the degree to which OGP is facilitating government efforts to meaningfully engage with their citizens in the pursuit of accountable and responsive governance. A conceptual framework is proposed for identifying and evaluating the quality of civic voice and interaction in OGP commitments. Analysis of commitments from 61 countries finds little evidence of meaningful civic interaction, and proposes implications for open government advocates and campaigners. 

Author Biography

Christopher Wilson, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

Christopher is a PHD fellow at the University of Oslo, where he studies how governments design and implement digital civic engagement strategies. He previously co-founded and led https://theengineroom.org, and worked as communications officer for UNDP’s global programme on governance assessment. He loves to eat.


Published
2017-12-13
How to Cite
Wilson, C. (2017). Look Who’s Talking: Assessing Civic Voice and Interaction in OGP Commitments. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 9(1), 4 - 30. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v9i1.453
Section
Special Issue: Research Papers