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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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FIGUERAS ZANABRIA, Víctor Manuel. Open Government in Mexico: Towards a Realistic Discussion of its Feasibility. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2019, vol.64, n.235, pp.523-553. ISSN 0185-1918.

Open Government (OG) is considered a cutting-edge proposal for government reform and promotion of democracy. This work raises the need to carry out a realistic discussion on its feasibility in Mexico. For this purpose, transparency, information and communication technologies (ICT) and citizen involvement are analyzed. The author examines non-explicit assumptions of its relationship with OG and an outlook of prevailing conditions in Mexico is presented. The main finding is that the laws, institutions and procedures to access government information and to participate, as well as the available technical tools (ICT) raise barriers that prevent citizens from knowing, understanding and using it. There are also bureaucratic resistances, ignorance, and disinterest of citizens to participate, as well as interpersonal distrust and towards the government. All of this conforms an unfavorable scenario for the development of an OG in Mexico in the short term.

Palabras llave : open government; transparency; information and communication technologies; citizens’ participation; Mexico.

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