Beyond Transparency: Rethinking Election Reform from an Open Government Perspective

Halberstam, Michael
March 2015
Seattle University Law Review;Spring2015, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p1007
Academic Journal
During the past decade, "transparency" has become a focus of democratic governance. Open government and right-to-know regimes have been around at least since the 1970s. They include measures like open meeting laws, campaign finance disclosure, lobbying registration, and freedom of information laws. But the Open Government projects--variously referred to as e-democracy, Open Data, or Government 2.0--have evolved into something new and different. They view transparency not primarily as a right to know, but as a condition for a more efficient, intelligent, and cooperative form of democratic government. This Article considers how various election reform projects fit with the Open Government model and considers the new opportunities that such projects generate.


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