Transparency in transnational governance : the determinants of information disclosure of voluntary sustainability programs
Regulation & governance, 2019, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 488-506
SCHLEIFER, Philip, FIORINI, Matteo, AULD, Graeme, Transparency in transnational governance : the determinants of information disclosure of voluntary sustainability programs, Regulation & governance, 2019, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 488-506 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/66105
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The rise of "new" transnational governance has intensified debates about a lack of accountability in global politics. Reviewing the mechanisms through which transparency can foster accountability beyond the state, this article explores the determinants of information disclosure in the field of transnational sustainability governance. Examining the institutional design of 113 voluntary sustainability programs, we find a positive correlation between the involvement of public actors and information disclosure. In contrast, the role of civil society is more ambiguous. There is no statistical support for arguments linking non-governmental organization participation to increased transparency. At the same time, our analysis reveals a robust correlation between civil society-led metagovernance and information disclosure. Moreover, we find that crowding has a negative effect on transparency, whereas normative peer pressures have no influence. At a broader level, the analysis reveals a lack of "deep transparency" among transnational sustainability governors. This limits the scope for transparency-induced accountability in this policy domain.
First published: 28 February 2019
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/66105
Full-text via DOI: 10.1111/rego.12241
ISSN: 1748-5983; 1748-5991
Keyword(s): accountability institutional design sustainability transnational governance transparency
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