Maria Diez Garrido: “From opacity to openness. The necessary journey for political parties: A comparison between Spain and Portugal”

Maria Diez Garrido, communication scientist from the University of Valladolid, presented a paper with the following abstract:

“The Spanish and Portuguese political parties are highly distrusted by the citizens. The promotion of transparency by political parties might be useful to improve this situation of illegitimacy, even though it has not received much attention in previous academic studies. In this article, we also explore not only transparency, but the rest of the principles of Open Government performed by political organizations. We analyzed the development of transparency, accountability, deliberation, decision-making and collaboration by political parties in Spain and Portugal. The methodology used was an in-depth content analysis of the websites of the five main political parties in each country, which was previously supported in a Delphi study and tested in an exploratory study in Spain (Díez-Garrido, 2020). The results of the analysis show that political organizations are still far from being able to be considered “open” and must especially develop the principles that involve citizen interaction.”

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