Open Government

Open Government (Factor 3 of the WJP Rule of Law Index) measures open government defined as a government that shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the government accountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations. The factor measures whether basic laws and information on legal rights are publicized, and evaluates the quality of information published by the government (3.1). It also measures whether requests for information held by a government agency are properly granted (3.2). Finally, it assesses the effectiveness of civic participation mechanisms–including the protection of freedoms of opinion and expression, assembly and association, and the right to petition (3.3), and whether people can bring specific complaints to the government (3.4).

Subfactors

3.1 Publicized laws and government data

3.2 Right to information

3.3 Civic participation

3.4 Complaint mechanisms