COMMENT—Beyond transparency: EITI stretches 'civil society' role

04/02/2012
Michael Socarras Chadbourne & Parke Washington, DC The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), endorsed by US President Barack Obama and supported by oil companies as an antidote for corruption, is becoming as much a tool of interest-group politics as it is a mechanism of transparency. Obama announced in New York last Sept. 20 that the US and other countries have joined the Open Government Partnership to "work with civil society groups to develop an action plan of specific commitments." He added, "Today, the United States is releasing our plan, which we are posting on the White House web site and at OpenGovPartnership.org." The US National Action Plan...
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