Special Issue Article
Limited partnership: Business, government, civil society, and the public in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
Version of Record online: 25 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Public Administration and Development
Special Issue: Public-Private Partnerships: Familiar Ground, Fresh Perspectives
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 50–63, February 2011
How to Cite
Aaronson, S. A. (2011), Limited partnership: Business, government, civil society, and the public in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Public Admin. Dev., 31: 50–63. doi: 10.1002/pad.588
- Issue online: 25 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 25 JAN 2011
- civil society;
- extractive industry
This article assesses the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a public-private partnership designed to help resource-rich countries avoid corruption in the management of extractive industry revenues. Thirty-two nations have adopted EITI, and the numbers of implementing nations are rapidly increasing. However, the EITI partnership is not as effective as it could be for three reasons. First, the partners (governments, civil society, and business) have different visions of EITI. Second, some implementing governments have not allowed civil society to participate fully in the process or have not consistently provided civil society with the information they need to hold their governments to account. In this regard it is a limited partnership. Third, in many participating countries, the public and legislators may not be aware of EITI. Thus, although public participation is essential to the success and potential positive spillovers of EITI, the public is essentially a silent partner, limiting the ability of the EITI to succeed as a counterweight to corruption. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.