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Norm diffusion and reputation: The rise of the extractive industries transparency initiative (pp. 227-246)

Authors: 
Elizabeth David-Barrett, Ken Okamura
Publication year: 
2015
Publisher: 
Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions
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.

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