Open Government: Great Leaps forward, with Sideways Shuffles Too – Chang Tianle

From China Development Brief:

China’s first national regulations on public disclosure of government information have been cautiously welcomed by scholars and NGOs, but most say that China still has a long way to go to achieve transparent government.

The Regulations on Government Disclosure of Information (信息公开条例) were approved by the State Council on January 17, 2007 and take effect on May 1, 2008. Article 1 states that they aim to “ensure that citizens, legal persons and other organisations can obtain government information by lawful means, and increase government .” [Full Text]

See also Guangzhou’s Pioneering Foray Into Open Government, Shanghai Advances the Cause of Open Government Information in China, Access to Government Information in the People’s Republic of China, China Adopts First Nationwide Open Government Information Regulations, and Toward a More Open China? by Jamie P. Horsley.

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