Global Conference on Transparency Research Calls for Papers


The Third Global Conference on Transparency Research is calling for submission of papers that advance the understanding of the concepts, determinants, roots and critiques of transparency and open government. The conference will address the interdisciplinary community of scholars working on transparency and open government studies.

Building on the success of the conference’s two previous editions held in 2011 in Newark and in 2012 in Utrecht, this edition will hold on October 24 to 26, 2013 in Hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC) Paris.

HEC Paris

The conference aims to bring together academics, policy makers, and interest group representatives working in a variety of fields such as law, business, sociology, political science, public administration, journalism, and philosophy.

The conference provides a forum to discuss papers analyzing current policies on access to information held by governments, transparency relationships among government entities, transparency relationships between governments and private and non-profit entities, and access to information held by governments about individuals.

The conference organizers are calling for papers with a theoretical, normative, or empirical focus discussing issues such as: Transparency: concept, determinants, roots and limits; Transparency and accountability. New control mechanisms; Transparency and corruption; Transparency, democracy, and politics; Transparency, reform, and governance; and Effects of transparency, both for decision making within institutions and for the legitimacy of institutions.

They are also calling for papers on issues such as: Transparency and participation; Transparency and regulatory compliance; Transparency and secrecy; Transparency and privacy; Transparency and trust; Judicial transparency; Transparency in developing countries; Transparency in the EU; Transparency and NGOs/IOs;  Transparency and business practice; Transparency and corporate tax; and  Transparency and freedom of information legislation.

Other issues on which the conference seeks for papers are: Transparency and new technologies; Transparency and global governance; Transparency and (national) security; Open government: concepts, determinants, roots, and critics; Open government and e-government; Open government, transparency, and social media; and Open data.

Submission of abstract should be sent to Mr. Jocelyn Delatre ( before May 1, 2013. Individual abstracts should be 400 words long. Final papers should typically be 7,000 to 8,000 words long and appropriate to submit to an academic journal. All papers will be circulated among participants and/or published on the website.

For further enquiries about the conference , write to Mr. Jocelyn Delatre ( or Dr Oana Stefan (

More information on the conference will be made available at