Norm diffusion and reputation: the rise of the extractive industries transparency initiative

David-Barrett, Elizabeth and Okamura, Ken (2016) Norm diffusion and reputation: the rise of the extractive industries transparency initiative. Governance, 29 (2). pp. 227-246. ISSN 0952-1895

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Abstract

Transparency in the extractives sector is widely seen as a key tool for improving accountability and deterring corruption. Yet for those very reasons, it is a puzzle that so many governments in corruption-prone countries have voluntarily signed up to greater scrutiny in this area, by joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). We argue that EITI serves as a reputational intermediary, whereby reformers can signal good intentions and international actors can reward achievement. International and domestic actors thus utilize EITI to diffuse the norm of resource transparency and to advance reformist aims in a highly problematic policy area.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ1870 Africa
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ4835 International organisations and associations
Depositing User: Elizabeth David-Barrett
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 15:30
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 06:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56446

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