CFP: 4th Global Conference on Transparency Research

CALL FOR PAPERS: 4th Global Conference on Transparency Research Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano: 4‐6 June

The Global Conference on Transparency Research assembles for the fourth time academics, policy makers, and interest group representatives to analyze and discuss the ever-growing reach and impact of the logic of transparency and openness: policies on access to information held by public entities, transparency relationships between organizations, transparency relationships between governments, private and non‐profit entities and citizens.

As in the previous editions of the conference in Newark (2011), Utrecht (2012) and Paris (2013), the event addresses an interdisciplinary community of scholars including disciplines such as law, business, economics, communication, sociology, political science, public administration, journalism, and philosophy – all connected through their interest in transparency.

The upcoming edition of the conference will be hosted by the Institute of Public Communication at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano. As part of the Swiss Public Administration Network (SPAN), the University has a strong and continuous commitment to the study of public communication, administration and management. (

We welcome papers within the scope of the following issues:

Transparency: concept and determinants

Transparency and technology

Roots of transparency and critics

Transparency and accountability

Transparency and corruption

Transparency, democracy and politics

Transparency in developing countries

Transparency and FOI legislation

Transparency reform and governance

Transparency and (national) security

Transparency and NGOs/IOs

Open data

Transparency and participation

Transparency and regulatory compliance

Transparency and privacy

Transparency in the EU

Transparency and trust

**Contributions regarding the realities and limits of transparency in the security and military sector are especially encouraged.

The working language for the conference is English. All presentations should accordingly be in English. Nevertheless, abstracts and papers can also be submitted in French, German and Italian. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2015. Individual abstracts should be 400 words long. Final papers will be a maximum of 7,000 ‐ 8,000 words long and in a form appropriate to submit to an academic journal.

For more information, please visit our conference website: