Academic Publications

This list shows all academic publications of the research team that are directly related  to the topic (and subtopics) of open government in the EU. A number of key conference papers are also displayed in cases where these have not (yet) resulted in formal publications.


  • M.Z. Hillebrandt, D. Curtin, and A. Meijer (2014), “Transparency in the EU Council of Ministers: An Institutional Analysis”, European Law Journal 20(1), pp. 1-20
  • A. Meijer, S. Grimmelikhuijsen, L. Nell, and L. Lentz (2014), “Organizational arrangements for targeted transparency“, Information Polity 19(1-2), pp. 115-127
  • A. Meijer (2014), “Local Meanings of Targeted Transparency“, Administration Theory & Praxis, 35(3), pp. 398-423
  • D.M. Curtin (2014), “Overseeing Secrets in the EU. A Democratic Perspective”, Journal of Common Market Studies, 52(3), pp. 684-700
  • D. Curtin (2014), “The Challenge of Executive Democracy in Europe“, The Modern Law Review, 77(1), pp. 1-32
  • D.M. Curtin & J.M. Mendes (2014), Article 42 – Right of access to documents. In S. Peers, T. Hervey, J Kenner & A. Ward (Eds.), The Charter of Fundamental Rights – A Commentary (pp. 1099-1119). Oxford: Hart Publishing
  • D. Curtin & M.Z. Hillebrandt (2014), “Transparency in the EU: Constitutional Overtones, Institutional Dynamics, and the Escape Hatch of Secrecy”, in S. Blockmans & A. Lazowski (eds.), Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (forthcoming)
  • M.Z. Hillebrandt (2014), “Two conceptions of democracy in the Council of the EU: narrow and broad, ACELG working paper series 2014-01



  • G.J. Brandsma (2012), “The effect of information on oversight: the European Parliament’s response to increasing information on comitology decision-making”, International Review of the Administrative Sciences, Vol. 78: 1, pp. 74-92.
  • D.M. Curtin (2012). “Judging EU Secrecy”, Cahiers de Droit Européen, 2012(2), pp. 459-490.
  • D.M. Curtin (2012), “The Role of Judge-Made Law. A Bumpy Road from Secrecy to Translucence?” In M. Dougan, N. Nic Shuibhne and E. Spaventa (eds), Empowerement and Disempowerement of the EU Citizen (pp. 101-128). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • M. Hillebrandt (2012) “A European Transparency Tangle? Mapping Supranational Advocacy Coalitions and Their Impact on Council Transparency”, paper presented at the Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research, 6-9 June 2012, Utrecht
  • B. Leufgen and G.J. Brandsma (2012), “Transparency Dynamics in the EU: Between Law and Practice. Who knows What, When, How“, paper presented at the Transatlantic Conference on Transparency Research, 6-9 June 2012, Utrecht
  • A.J. Meijer (2012), “Introduction to the special issue on government transparency”, International Review of Administrative Sciences. 78(1) pp. 3–9
  • A.J. Meijer, D. Curtin and M. Hillebrandt (2012), “Open government: connecting vision and voice”, International Review of Administrative Sciences. 78(1) pp. 10–29




  • A. Meijer (2009), “Understanding modern transparency”, IRAS (75)2, pp. 255-269.

Earlier work

  • G.J. Brandsma, D. Curtin and A. Meijer (2008), “How Transparent are EU ‘Comitology’ Committees in Practice?” in European Law Review (14)6, pp. 819-838.
  • A. Meijer(2007), “Does Transparency lead to more Compliance? Critical Remarks on the Relation between Transparency and Compliance”, EFFL (5), pp. 264-269.
  • A. Meijer (2007), “Publishing public performance results on the Internet: Do stakeholders use the Internet to hold Dutch public service organizations to account?”, Government Information Quarterly (24), pp. 165-185.
  • D. Curtin and A. Meijer (2006), “Does Transparency Strengthen Legitimacy?”, in Information Polity
  • A. Meijer (2005), “Transparent Government Inspections: Using the Internet to Strengthen Civic Competence?”, conference paper.
  • D. Curtin and A. Meijer (2005), “Five Myths of European Union Transparency: Deliberation through the Looking Glass?, Paper presented at the Special workshop on Deliberative Democracy and Its Discontents
  • Meijer, A. (2003), “Transparent Government: Parliamentary and Legal Accountability in an Information Age”, Information Polity (8)1/2, pp. 67-78.
  • Curtin, “Transparency, Audiences and the Evolving Role of the EU Council of Ministers” (book chapter)