The Third Global Conference on Transparency Research

Registration closed on September 20th, 2013.

Deeply rooted in the traditional values of good government, transparency and openness have lately become standards against which a variety of economic, cultural, social and political activities are measured worldwide. Advancing knowledge of these notions has become an imperative in times of economic turmoil, democratic challenges, and the emergence of new methods of global governance.

Building on the success of its previous two editions held in 2011 in Newark and in 2012 in Utrecht, the Third Global Conference on Transparency Research addresses the interdisciplinary community of scholars working on transparency and open government studies. It provides a forum to discuss papers analysing 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. Papers advancing the understanding of the concepts, determinants, roots and critiques of transparency and open government are particularly welcome.

The conference aims to bring together academics, policy makers, and interest group representatives working in a variety of fields such as law, business, economics, sociology, political science, public administration, journalism, and philosophy. We invite 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.
  • Effects of transparency, both for decision making within institutions and for the legitimacy of institutions.
  • 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.
  • Transparency and freedom of information legislation.
  • 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.
  • Open data.


Conference Language

The working language for the conference will be English. Should you wish to submit an abstract in another language, please contact the organizers.

Conference Submissions

Please submit an individual abstract or a panel proposal to Mr Jocelyn Delatre ( before May 1st, 2013. Individual abstracts should be 400 words long.

Panels should consist of 3-4 paper-givers, a chair, and a discussant (who can be the chair). Panel submissions should include a proposed title for the panel and a 400 words abstract, the titles and 400 words abstracts of the papers, together with the names and affiliations of the paper givers, of the chair and of the discussant.

Final Papers

Final papers should typically be 7,000 to 8,000 words long and appropriate to submit to an academic journal. Please send your paper to Jocelyn Delatre ( We aim to publish all papers on the website of the conference. Please let us know if for some reason you do not want your paper posted online, and we will circulate it among the participants.

Conference fee

The fee for the conference is €200. The fee for postgraduate students is €100. Accommodation is not included in the conference fee, but various hotel options will be made available for participants on the conference website.

Important Dates

May 1st, 2013: Deadline for receipt of paper and panel proposals.

July 2nd, 2013: Notifications of acceptance will be sent out.

September 13th, 2013: Deadline for registration.

October 7th, 2013: Deadline for receipt of papers.

October 24th – 26th, 2013: Conference at HEC Paris.



Conveners from HEC Paris:

Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of European Law.

Afshin Mehrpouya, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Control.

Oana Stefan, Assistant Professor of Law.

Arnaud van Waeyenberge, Assistant Professor of Law.

Advisory Committee:

Deirdre Curtin, Professor of European Law, Director of Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam.

Marie-Laure Djelic, Professor of Management, ESSEC Business School.

Christina Garsten, Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.

Kregg Hetherington, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University.

Sarah Holsen PhD, independent researcher.

Albert Meijer, Associate Professor, Utrecht University School of Governance.

Daniel Naurin, Director of the Centre for European Research; Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg.

Stéphanie Novak, Roman Herzog Research Fellow, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Alasdair Roberts, Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, Suffolk University.

John Roberts, Professor of Accounting, University of Sidney.

Stijn Smismans, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Governance, Director of the Cardiff Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, Cardiff Law School.

Jean-Patrick Villeneuve, Assistant Professor, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration.

Benjamin Worthy, Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London


Jocelyn Delatre, PhD Candidate, University College Dublin.

Administrative coordinator:

Claudine Tantillo, Communication manager, HEC Paris.

Any questions regarding the conference may be sent to Mr Jocelyn Delatre ( or Dr Oana Stefan (


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