Posts Tagged ‘conferences’

Public Matters: Government Transparency

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

This year, the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) celebrates its tenth anniversary. As part of the festive programme which has been taking place throughout 2010, the USG will hold a conference synthesising past interests and achievements of the department, while also looking into future fields of research. All of this will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November of this year, under the suitable and multi-interpretable name of “Public Matters”.

The Open Government in the EU project will also be represented at this conference, organising a workshop on “Government Transparency”.  At this workshop, the ongoing transparency research at Utrecht University and other Dutch universities will be presented. Moreover, three renowned international academics in the field of transparency research have been invited to present papers on their recent research work in this field. (more…)

Introductory Paper at Porto Yields New Insights

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The Open Government in the EU group presented a research agenda at the 5th ECPR Conference, which took place in Porto from 23 to 26 June.

Prof. Deirdre Curtin of the research team presented a paper entitled “Studying Open Government in the EU: From Normative Debates to Empirical Fact-Finding” in the conference session entitled Public Opinion, Party Politics and Interest Intermediation. This paper puts forward a conceptual framework for assessing transparency and participation in the European Union, and subsequently proposes areas of empirical verification. Dr. Arndt Wonka (Bremen University) was discussant.

The article received both positive appraisal and critical remarks, both of which the research team gladly takes note of. Dr. Gijs Jan Brandsma considers the distinction between normative debates and empirical research of great importance, and proposes to bring it even more to the fore. He points out that investigating the state of openness in the EU does not necessarily have to originate from any particular normative position. Professor Curtin, in turn, proposes that research in the field of transparency and participation should be seen in the wider debate of facilitating accountability of the European institutions. With the encouraging feedback in mind, the research group will continue to develop and fine-tune its conceptual work.

Click here to access the conference paper.

ECPR 5th Pan-European Conference in Porto

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

From 24-26 June, two of our project’s team members, prof. Deirdre Curtin and dr. Gijs Jan Brandsma, will be attending the 5th Pan-European Conference on EU Politics in Porto, Portugal. This conference is co-hosted by the University of Oporto and the University Fernando Pessoa and discusses research progress in a wide array of policy- and politics-related subjects in the context of the EU. Prof. Curtin and and dr. Brandsma will here be presenting some of the progress made by the Open Government in the EU project.