February 2, 2009

EVEN AFTER OUR 8 YEAR FASCIST NIGHTMARE?:

U.S. one of the more open governments (Erin Spiegel, 2/02/09, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The International Budget Partnership (IBP), a Washington-based research group, said an overwhelming majority of governments withhold more information from their citizens than the United States - especially when it comes to money.

Eighty percent of the world's governments fail to provide adequate and timely budget information for the public to hold them accountable, according to a recent report by the group.

IBP's Open Budget Survey 2008 found that nearly half of 85 countries studied provide minimal information to the public and that only five, including the United States, provide extensive information.


Unfortunately, there's little evidence that more openness yields a better budget and much that it just alienates people from their own government. Better not to watch the sausage being made.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2009 10:08 AM
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