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Governance & Accountability

Governance & Accountability

A government accountable to its citizens is one of the cornerstones of an open society—helping to ensure fairness, economic equality, and civic participation. The Open Society Foundations work with governments and businesses to advance transparency, rule of law, and good governance around the world.

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Open Society Voices

What Is Illiberal Civil Society?

August 24, 2018 Adam Hug

Throughout much of the former Soviet Union, reactionary forces are using the tools and methods of civil society in order to attack people’s rights, weaken democracy, and roll back progress.

What Accountability Really Means

August 9, 2018 Megan Colnar

No healthy civil society can exist without a foundation of public trust. Accountability Lab’s Blair Glencorse explains how his group is investing in the next generation of responsible, ethical, and devoted public servants.

To Tackle Inequality, We Need New Thinking on Tax Havens

July 3, 2018 Ben Batros

Three global trends require us to look more closely at how tax havens are distorting the the world’s economy and fueling growing economic inequalities.

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