Symposium: Behavioral and Experimental Approaches to Government Transparency and Accountability

The adoption of a behavioral lens to evaluate the impact of transparency on accountability offers opportunities to discover novel mechanisms that contribute to a more systematic understanding of when and why increasing government transparency enhances accountability. Shedding light on such mechanisms not only promises to improve existing theory, but to also render transparency more meaningful to the applied world. 


Symposium guest editors

Gregory A. Porumbescu
Rutgers University-Newark

Marcia Grimes
University of Gothenburg

Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen
Utrecht University


Capturing the social relevance of government transparency and accountability using a behavioral lens
Gregory A. Porumbescu, Marcia Grimes, Stephan Grimmelikhuijsen
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2021) 4(1).

Revealing the “Hidden welfare state”: How policy information influences public attitudes about tax expenditures
Matt Guardino, Suzanne Mettler
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2020) 3(1).

Do political donors have greater access to government officials? Evidence from a FOIA field experiment with US municipalities
Nicholas R. Jenkins, Michelangelo Landgrave, Gabriel E. Martinez
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2020) 3(2).

Does performance disclosure affect user satisfaction, voice, and exit? Experimental evidence from service users
Peter Rasmussen Damgaard, Poul A. Nielsen
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2020) 3(2).

Testing the open government recipe: Are vision and voice good governance ingredients?
Alex Ingrams, Wesley Kaufmann, Daan Jacobs
Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (2020) 3(1).