Research on Incentives for Fiscal Openness for Governments: Interim Synthesis Note

March, 2015 | By Paolo de Renzio (GIFT) and the International Budget Partnership

In order to promote deeper understanding around the incentives agenda for fiscal openness across the world, GIFT (Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency) is undertaking additional research, structured around three components:

  1. A set of think-pieces written by senior academics and practitioners, based on their own past research and policy experience, aimed at gathering the reflections and insights of individuals who have studied, thought about and worked with fiscal openness reforms;
  2. Reflections on lessons learned by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on their experience in promoting fiscal openness reforms across a large number of countries over almost two decades; and
  3. A set of interviews with politicians and senior officials considered “reform champions” in their respective countries, to gather first-hand personal testimonies from people at the forefront of successful fiscal openness reforms.

This paper summarizes the main issues and findings from the think pieces component. These pieces were written by academics and practitioners with broad experience in the fields of public financial management, public accounting, access to information, and government accountability and address a wide range of topics and approaches related to government openness, highlighting different ways to understand the incentives that governments face when it comes to introducing and sustaining open government reforms.



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Paolo de Renzio

Senior Research Fellow, International Budget Partnership

Paolo de Renzio joined the International Budget Partnership in October 2010 as Senior Research Fellow and is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research agenda covers a broad range of topics, including budget transparency and accountability, equity and justice in budgeting, taxation and tax expenditures, among others. He also supports the team producing the Open Budget Survey. Prior to joining the IBP, Paolo worked as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute; as an economist and policy advisor in Papua New Guinea’s Ministry of Finance; and as a UNDP public sector specialist, lecturer, and independent consultant in Mozambique. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Commission, and for a number of bilateral donor agencies and international NGOs. Paolo holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on the impact of donor policies on budget reforms in developing countries. He also holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from ‘Bocconi’ in Milan, Italy.

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