The year 2011 was dubbed ‘the first year of government affairs microblogging’ in China.
Reversing a decades-long practice of
secrecy over government financial information, the Chinese government has
opened its books to the public. In addition to continuing to provide
information through official channels to government bodies and political institutions,
Chinese government departments have taken to the internet to disseminate
financial information to the public. Hundreds of millions of Chinese netizens
now have access to this information, and many use it to complain about official
corruption. What effect this public feedback will have on government policy and
official conduct remains to be seen. However, we predict that once the books of
the government are opened, it will be impossible to close them again.
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