Special workshop “Legitimacy 2.0: Transparency Online”, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)

E-transparency is currently one the fastest-growing branches of transparency research. As Albert Meijer of the Open Government research group argues: “Modern day transparency is Internet transparency.” The special workshop Legitimacy 2.0: Transparency Online allows participants to discuss this topic in the context of the philosophy of (social) rights.

The workshop is introduced as follows:

“Transparency is everywhere, or at least talk of it is everywhere. The mainstream view is that transparency furthers accountability and offers an antidote against corruption, both in the private and the public sector. It is not any specific right or principle, rather a feature of institutions embedded in the ideal of open society and often considered a requirement for efficiency and good governance. As essential to guarantee authority and effectiveness of rules, but also democratic participation, it is fundamental to assure obedience to the law and trust in institutions. Conversely, the lack of transparency might contribute to arbitrary power. Does the introduction of ICTs higher the quality of epistemic processes and outputs into the legal and political system? Does greater transparency of the network, e.g., through e-government tools, lead to increased participation, more active and responsible citizen involvement in decision-making, on local, national and supranational levels? What impact does web 2.0 technologies have? What could be the effects of information overload in the long run?

“This workshop offers a meeting point for scholars eager to share their findings in the field, enhancing comprehension between different approaches to law. The first Special Workshop Legitimacy 2.0 was held at the 25th IVR World Congress. This second meeting follows up the broad agenda that investigates the impact of ICTs in political and governance processes that seem elusive to be framed into the traditional theoretical settings based on legitimacy, normative authority, enforcement, nature of norms etc. The aim is to integrate the current state of the art with the toolkit of the analytical and normative perspectives of legal and political theory.

“The best papers will be selected and published in revised form. An Open Access Publication will make the most interesting data readily available.

“Guidelines for abstract submission

“Abstract proposals should be 350-500 words in length. Please submit your proposals through the congress website at:

“Preferably in RTF or Microsoft Word (doc).
The deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2013. All proposals will undergo peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by March 15, 2013. Paper submission deadline is June 30, 2013.
Patricia Mindus:
Andrea Greppi:
Massimo Cuono:”

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