Governments are under increasing pressure to open up to public scrutiny, to be more accessible to the people who elected them
and more responsive to their demands and needs. Indeed, an open government that meets all these requirements is increasingly
recognised as an essential ingredient for democratic governance, social stability and economic development.
From the publicвЂ™s point of view, an open government is one where businesses, civil society organisations (CSOs) and citizens can вЂњknow thingsвЂќ вЂ“ obtain relevant and understandable information; вЂњget thingsвЂќ вЂ“ obtain services from and undertake transactions with the government; and вЂњcreate thingsвЂќ вЂ“ take part in decision-making processes.
The principles of good governance вЂ“ transparency and accountability; fairness and equity; efficiency and effectiveness; respect for the rule of law; and high standards of ethical behaviour вЂ“ represent the basis upon which to build open government.
This Policy Brief looks at how OECD countries have responded to growing demands for greater openness, reviews concrete
measures for achieving open government, examines the limits to openness and identifies future challenges.