Examining the Budget Openness of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan are important economies in East Asia. Though all three are part of the People’s Republic of China, they are independent entities in terms of public finance management. In addition, each region is currently at different stages of democratization. This makes them perfect cases for examining the relationship between democratization and government budget transparency and accountability using the Open Budget Survey methodology.
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The Road to Budget Transparency: Four Things Governments Can Do

Since the Open Budget Index was introduced in 2006, many countries have improved their scores, but then seem to get stuck in the middle. Why is that? And what have governments that managed to break through the middle barrier done to guarantee that their citizens have access to adequate amounts of budget information?
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The Struggle for Democratic and Accountable Budgets – What Have We Learned?

Three new case studies, drawn from substantially different contexts, have something in common: citizens trying to engage the state in the management of public resources. This may happen through formal budget processes and procedures, in village meetings, or in the streets, but in all three cases citizens from groups that find it hard to make their voices heard are defending a central ideal: that public money is the people’s money, and they have a right to understand and influence decisions on how it is spent.
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