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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of open government

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 12:00am by IVAN KRASTEV

    ... outcome of the ongoing financial crisis has been a collapse of trust in democratic institutions and politicians. Can greater "transparency"- the new political mantra of civic activists ... their representatives more effectively. But the idea that transparency will restore public trust in democracy rests on several problematic assumptions, primarily the belief that "if only people knew", ...

  2. Opening up

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government has announced a series of measures to make district councils more open and streamline their operations. Do you agree that there is a need for greater transparency at district level? Write to us. ...

  3. Open the doors

    Posted Feb 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Critics and academics have called on the government to make the meetings of its major advisory boards more open to the public to enhance their transparency and foster consensus. Do you support this? Write to us ...

  4. Recycling tainted cadres not way to clean government

    Posted Jan 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... post. With the state so dominant in the economy, there are limited alternative avenues for such people to revive their careers. But accountability and transparency go hand in hand. There is none ... responsibility for failings on their watch and provide for tougher penalties. That would inject a little transparency into the process of rehabilitation. There would also be less public disquiet, amid ...

  5. Let's develop the art of transparency

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of government interference. Chan's undoing was the government's fear of transparency. The government announced in 2009 that the former central government offices' west wing would ... The plan was duly scrapped after public consultation. It was this lack of transparency that allowed an untenable plan to progress beyond an embryonic idea. The Jockey Club then instigated what ...

  6. Full transparency vital now for C.Y.

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is full transparency. ...

  7. Ex-US envoy hails 'signs of greater transparency'

    Posted Apr 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Former US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the Communist Party leadership's handling of the Bo Xilai scandal suggests growing transparency within the party. Huntsman (pictured) ... of growing transparency within the party, which is a good thing'. He added: 'I think we need to reflect on the idea that, some years ago, we never would have seen this. 'I think ...

  8. Need for transparency apparent

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... But if this is to be a new era of transparency, Leung and his team will be dealt the hot potato of trying to strike a better balance between the public interest and that of business. Leo Goodstadt, a key political ...

  9. A small step to transparency

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Council ordered more transparent official handling of emergencies and other issues of widespread interest. The catalyst for that was public outrage over the government's handling of last ... recognition of the need for more government accountability and transparency. Given the lack of an independent judiciary, mainlanders cannot expect too much of it. But it should have been done a long ...

  10. Beijing's pronouncements on transparency ring a little hollow

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Party Central Committee and the Secretariat of the State Council, listing 20 ways to increase government transparency. Just days earlier, on the previous Friday evening, an order was reportedly ... the circular brought hope of a 'sunlight government' of openness and transparency. For some time now, the column noted, 'hardly a day goes by without hearing public criticism' ...




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