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[liberationtech] Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability - CDDRL

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Mon May 12 17:00:04 PDT 2014


Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and 


May 15, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Open to the public
 RSVP required by 5PM May 14


Sanjeev Khangram - John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy at 
Occidental College


Decisions about “who gets what, when, and how” are perhaps the most 
important that any government must make. So it should not be remarkable 
that around the world, public officials responsible for public budgeting 
are facing demands—from their own citizenry, other government officials, 
economic actors, and increasingly from international sources—to make their 
public financial management more transparent and their decision-making 
around budgets more participatory. Surprisingly, rigorous analysis of the 
causes and consequences of fiscal openness is thin at best. Open Budgets 
seeks to fill this gap in existing knowledge by answering a set of key 
empirical questions: How and why do improvements in fiscal transparency and 
participation come about? How are they sustained over time? When and how do 
increased fiscal transparency and participation lead to improved government 
responsiveness and accountability? Theoretically, it seeks to examine the 
relationships between fiscal openness and democracy, development and the 
rule of law.


Dr. Sanjeev Khagram is the holder of the $12million endowed John Parke 
Young Chair in Global Political Economy at Occidental College, and also 
currently a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He was 
previously Professor and Director of the Center for International 
Development at the University of Washington, Visiting Professor at 
Stanford's Institute of International Studies, Wyss Visiting Professor at 
the Harvard Business School, and Assistant and Associate Professor at 
Harvard's JFK School of Government.  Khagram has published widely including 
authoring the award winning book, "Dams and Development," co-editing the 
volumes "Restructuring World Politics," and, "The Transnational Studies 
Reader," as well as writing numerous peer reviewed articles including, 
"Inequality and Corruption," in the American Sociological Review and, 
"Future Architectures of Global Governance," in Global Governance. In the 
world of practice, Khagram was Deputy Secretary General of the World 
Commission on Dams (where he authored the widely acclaimed Final Report of 
the Commission), Dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Center, and Author of the 
UN Secretary General's Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis 
in 2009.  Most recently, Dr. Khagram was the Architect/Coordinator of the 
mullti-stakeholder Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency and 
Founder/Head of Innovations for Scaling Impact. He has worked with global 
networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives, international agencies, 
governments, corporations, civil society organizations, professional 
organizations and universities all over the world. Dr. Khagram received his 
BA, MA, PhD Minor and PhD all from Stanford University.


Encina Ground Floor Conference Room
Encina Hall
616 Serra St., E008 (Ground floor)
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305


Audrey McGowan <audrey.mcgowan at>
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